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Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch   By: (1872-)

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Beautiful England

BOURNEMOUTH

POOLE & CHRISTCHURCH

Described by SIDNEY HEATH

Painted by ERNEST HASLEHUST

[Illustration]

BLACKIE AND SON LIMITED LONDON GLASGOW AND BOMBAY 1915

[Illustration: BRANKSOME CHINE, BOURNEMOUTH

One of the most picturesque of the many "chines" or openings in the coast. Branksome Chine was formerly the landing place of the famous smuggler Gulliver, who amassed a fortune.]

Blackie & Son's "Beautiful" Series

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Beautiful England

OXFORD THE ENGLISH LAKES CANTERBURY SHAKESPEARE LAND THE THAMES WINDSOR CASTLE CAMBRIDGE NORWICH AND THE BROADS THE HEART OF WESSEX THE PEAK DISTRICT THE CORNISH RIVIERA DICKENS LAND WINCHESTER THE ISLE OF WIGHT CHESTER YORK THE NEW FOREST HAMPTON COURT EXETER HEREFORD DARTMOOR THE DUKERIES WARWICK AND LEAMINGTON BATH AND WELLS RIPON AND HARROGATE SCARBOROUGH BOURNEMOUTH, POOLE, AND CHRISTCHURCH DOVER AND FOLKESTONE SWANAGE AND NEIGHBOURHOOD HASTINGS AND NEIGHBOURHOOD

Beautiful Ireland

LEINSTER ULSTER CONNAUGHT MUNSTER

Beautiful Switzerland

LUCERNE CHAMONIX LAUSANNE VILLARS, CHAMPÉRY, ETC.

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Page Branksome Chine, Bournemouth Frontispiece

Bournemouth Pier and Sands from Eastcliff 6

Bournemouth: The Square and Gardens, from Mont Doré 10

The Winter Gardens, Bournemouth 14

In the Upper Gardens, Bournemouth 18

Boscombe Chine 24

Bournemouth: The Children's Corner, Lower Gardens 28

Talbot Woods, Bournemouth 32

Poole Harbour from Constitutional Hill 38

Christchurch Priory from Wick Ferry 46

Priory Ruins, Christchurch 52

Christchurch Mill 60

[Illustration: PRIORY CHURCH. CHRISTCHURCH]

BOURNEMOUTH POOLE AND CHRISTCHURCH

The scenery which impresses most of us is certainly that in which Nature is seen in her wild and primitive condition, telling us of growth and decay, and of the land's submission to eternal laws unchecked by the hand of man. Yet we also feel a certain pleasure in the contemplation of those scenes which combine natural beauty with human artifice, and attest to the ability with which architectural science has developed Nature's virtues and concealed natural disadvantages.

To a greater extent, perhaps, than any other spot in southern England, does Bournemouth possess this rare combination of natural loveliness and architectural art, so cunningly interwoven that it is difficult to distinguish the artificial from the natural elements of the landscape.

To human agency Bournemouth owes a most delightful set of modern dwelling houses, some charming marine drives, and an abundance of Public Gardens. Through Nature the town receives its unique group of Chines, which alone set it apart from other watering places; its invigorating sea breezes, and its woods of fir and pine clustering upon slopes of emerald green, and doing the town excellent service by giving warmth and colour to the landscape when winter has stripped the oak and the elm of their glowing robes.

Considerably less than a century ago Bournemouth, or "Burnemouth", consisted merely of a collection of fishermen's huts and smugglers' cabins, scattered along the Chines and among the pine woods. The name "Bournemouth" comes from the Anglo Saxon words burne , or bourne , a stream, and mûtha , a mouth; thus the town owes its name to its situation at the mouth of a little stream which rises in the parish of Kinson some five or six miles distant... Continue reading book >>




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