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May 3, 2021

Life of Bournemouth in 1920 Through Vintage Found Photos

Bournemouth is a coastal resort town on the south coast of England. With Poole to the west and Christchurch in the east, Bournemouth is part of the South East Dorset conurbation.

The town centre has notable Victorian architecture and the 202-foot (62 m) spire of St Peter’s Church, one of three Grade I listed churches in the borough, is a local landmark. Bournemouth’s location has made it a popular destination for tourists, attracting over five million visitors annually with its beaches and popular nightlife.

The town is also a regional centre of business, home of the Bournemouth International Centre or BIC, and a financial sector that is worth more than £1,000 million in gross value added.

Here is a set of fascinating found photos from Alwyn Ladell that shows life of Bournemouth in 1920.

Somewhere in Bournemouth

Bournemouth. "Looking for worms"

Bournemouth. A view from the first floor verandah of the Ascot Hotel (5 Sea View Terrace, Mae-Mar Hotel), looking north-west, 91 West Hill Road, West Cliff

Bournemouth. A view from the first floor verandah of the Ascot Hotel, looking north-west. This is now part of the Mae-Mar Hotel (incorporating the Ascot, Edgbaston and Queenswood Hotels), looking north, West Cliff

Bournemouth. A view from the second floor verandah of the Ascot Hotel, looking north-west. This is now part of the Mae-Mar Hotel (incorporating the Ascot, Edgbaston and Queenswood Hotels), looking south, West Cliff

Bournemouth. Alum Chine and Alumhurst Road, Westbourne

Bournemouth. Babbacombe Court Hotel (Babbacombe Lodge Hotel), 28 West Hill Road, West Cliff

Bournemouth. Charabanc

Bournemouth. Girl holding a cat

Bournemouth. In the garden

Bournemouth. Looking towards the Square with Bobby's (now Debenham's) department store visible on the left, Lower Pleasure Gardens

Bournemouth. Lower Pleasure Gardens (Westover Gardens, Central Pleasure Gardens).

Bournemouth. Lower Pleasure Gardens (Westover Gardens, Central Pleasure Gardens)

Bournemouth. Lower Pleasure Gardens

Bournemouth. Lower Pleasure Gardens

Bournemouth. Motor car

Bournemouth. Motor car

Bournemouth. Motor car

Bournemouth. Motor car

Bournemouth. Neat rows of beach huts, changing rooms, and bathing machines

Bournemouth. Paddle Steamer Bournemouth Queen (Bournemouth Belle was a railway service) viewed from the West Beach

Bournemouth. Paddle Steamer Bournemouth Queen (Bournemouth Belle was a railway service) viewed from the West Beach

Bournemouth. Pick up point for the charabancs. Hankinson's estate agents, in Bourne Avenue, is visible in the background

Bournemouth. Rustic shelter, West Cliff

Bournemouth. Rustic shelter, West Cliff

Bournemouth. Sea front from boat, East beach

Bournemouth. The Aviary, Lower Pleasure Gardens (Westover Gardens, Central Pleasure Gardens)

Bournemouth. The beach by Alum Chine, Westbourne

Bournemouth. The beach by Alum Chine, Westbourne

Bournemouth. Two young ladies

Bournemouth. Viewed from Bournemouth Pier. Boscombe pier visible in the distance

Bournemouth. West Cliff

Bournemouth. West Leigh Hotel (Westleigh Hotel, ETC International College), 26 West Hill Road

Somewhere in Bournemouth

Somewhere in Bournemouth




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