A-Z of Bournemouth
- W. A. Hoodless
15th March 2022
The seaside town of Bournemouth was founded as a watering place in the early nineteenth century in an area of barren land on the South Coast known for smuggling. After developing as a health resort, the railways arrived and the town grew rapidly, becoming a popular destination for visitors. Today, Bournemouth welcomes millions of visitors every year to its beaches and festivals, its two piers – one at Bournemouth and one at Boscombe – and long promenade, and is a cultural and commercial centre of the area. Many of its outstanding Victorian buildings have been preserved and stand alongside art deco and more recent landmark buildings. In 'A–Z of Bournemouth', author Bill Hoodless delves into the history of the town, from evidence of the earliest settlers in the area to the present day. He highlights well-known historic landmarks such as the Winter Gardens, former home of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, forgotten stories from yesteryear such as a tram tragedy, and the air crash that killed Charles Rolls, co-founder of Rolls-Royce Ltd, famous residents and visitors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, and also digs beneath the surface to uncover some of the lesser-known facts about Bournemouth and its hidden places of interest.
This fascinating A–Z tour of Bournemouth’s history is fully illustrated with photography and will appeal to all those with an interest in this Dorset seaside town.