Bournemouth, Dorset
Bournemouth is the largest city on the south coast of England, about 100 miles south-west of
London, and a major holiday destination with excellent sandy beaches. It used to be a regular
holiday venue for my family in the late 1940s, and I've always enjoyed visiting. We used to have
tea in Bobby's Palm Court and listen to the orchestra - probably a bit different now ! And
Bournemouth was in Hampshire in those days !
Pier Approach, Bournemouth
Zig Zag Path, Bournemouth
Bournemouth, Rock Garden
Bournemouth, Promenade and Pier
A postcard from 1934.
An unused "Oilette" postcard by Raphael Tuck.  
The "New" Rock Gardens - a card mailed in 1934.  
Bournemouth, Pleasure Gardens
This postcard of the Children's Corner was posted in 1905.
Bournemouth, Pine Walk
An early view of the Pine Walk.
Bournemouth Pier
No date for this excellent postcard of the Pier.   
Bournemouth, the Sands
Bournemouth, the Shelter
                   Two similar views of the Sands, both unused and undated.
Bournemouth, Zig-Zag path
Bournemouth Pier
The Zig-Zag Path.
The Pier from the West Cliff.
An unused postcard of the Pier Approach.
Durley Chine, Bournemouth
Alum Chine, Bournemouth
Sunset at Alum Chine - a postcard mailed in 1926.
Bournemouth West Cliff
Pine Walk, Bournemouth
The West Cliff and Beach - a 1924
postcard.
An unused postcard of the Pine
Walk - the fashions should give
you a clue to the date !
Alum Chine, Bournemouth
Alum Chine, Bournemouth
Two views of Alum Chine from the 1920s and 30s.
Bournemouth
Bournemouth, Pavilion Gardens
The gardens "by the Pavilion".
A 1934 postcard - "rough sea" cards were very popular in the pre-war
era.
Pier Approach, Bournemouth
Bournemouth Pier and Beach
An early 20th Century view of the Pier Approach.
Another view of the beach and the Pier from the West Cliff.
The Square, Bournemouth
No date for this postcard of the Square.
Boscombe Pier
An early 20th Century "LL" postcard of Boscombe Pier.
Bournemouth
This postcard was mailed in 1910.
Undercliff Drive, the Lift, Bournemouth
Manor Road, Bournemouth
This postcard of Manor Road was mailed in1914.
Richmond Hotel, Bournemouth
Did You Know.........that the infamous 1935 Rattenbury murder
took place in Bournemouth, "...... certainly the biggest local
sensation in Bournemouth that year, and the biggest ever on its
East Cliff." Follow
this link for a fascinating account of the
events surrounding the crime.
Did You Know.........that Bournemouth has its own league football club, formerly
Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic and since 1972 called
AFC Bournemouth. The club
currently (2017) plays in The Premier League.
There's an interesting blog about Bournemouth and its
Paddle-Steamers which you may like to read.

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Durley Chine.
Undercliff Drive, The Lift.
The Richmond Hotel in 1926.
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Bournemouth, Central Station
Bournemouth - A Jolly Time
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Branksome Chine
A 1911 postcard of Branksome Chine.
Queen Hotel, Bournemouth
No date for this postcard of the Queen Hotel.
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Savoy Hotel, Bournemouth
The Square, Bournemouth
The Savoy Hotel.
The Square.
Did You Know.........that Anthony Blunt was born in
Bournemouth in 1907 ? He was one of the "
Cambridge Five", a
group of spies who worked for the Soviet Union,
And Did You Know.........that Radclyffe Hall, the English poet
and author, best known for the lesbian classic "
The Well of
Loneliness", was born in Bournemouth in 1880 ?
Bournemouth at Night
A rough sea at Bournemouth.
Old Postcards, Bournemouth
This postcard was mailed in 1943 - the writer had tea at Plummers and
also bought some black stockings.
Bournemouth Pier
Bournemouth Aerial View
No date for this excellent aerial view of the West Cliff Approach.
Boscombe
This postcard of the coast at Boscombe was mailed in 1953.
Bournemouth Gardens
A 1959 postcard of the central pleasure gardens.
Bournemouth from East Cliff
This postcard was mailed in 1956.
Bournemouth Pier
An excellent postcard of the pier.
Bournemouth Pier 1929
Another postcard of Bournemouth Pier, mailed in 1929.
Bournemouth Pier
The Pier again !
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