Whenever I find a photograph or postcard featuring Bournemouth memories from the past, I always get a little buzz. So rather than a section on the development and general history of the area I am focusing on projects that come to my attention. My discoveries will appear on this page and if they grow into something bigger they then get their own page in the main menu.
I'm always looking for new things to add so suggestions are most welcome! (particularly if you have images I can use)
The Pier Approach Swimming baths, pictured here in 1951 stood in the location of Bournemouths not so popular Imax building. It was much loved by us locals as a public swimming pool but with it's exceptionally high diving boards and platforms made it also somewhere where you could go as a spectator. Of course in the summer season there was the spectacular "Aquashow" where you would be entertained by professional divers, synchronised swimming and diveboard clown antics by the Aquagoons, supported by international diving stars and an orchestra. As a child myself in the sxties this was one of the most exciting outings you could possibly imagine and my friends & I would go to see this several times a year, often as birthday treats.
Many thanks to Jon Pease who has sent these photographs of the Saxon King, an extremely popular and fondly remembered pub which stood on the Broadway, Southbourne.
As with all sections of my website, any contributions of information and particularly photographs are always gladly accepted. I've listed a few below that spring to mind but I'm sure there are lot's more that I could add.
- Bournemouth Fire Brigade in the 1970's ( I have had several enquiries on this and as my father was a fireman at this time this is of special interest)
- Foots Transport Ltd (Southampton) - this was my grandfathers business and we seem to have lost most of our old photos relating to Foots Transprt in the 1970's
- Bus Station at Bournemouth Square (destroyed by fire in July 1976)
- The Hampshire Centre, Now Castlepoint Shopping Centre, with perhaps Woolco in particular
- The Holy Trinity Church which was on Old Christchurch Road
(I worked here in it's final period when it was used as a medieval banquet hall in the late 1970's - The church was destroyed in a fire just a few day after all the staff were "laid off")
- Nightclubs & Bars from the 1970's and 80's ( Maison Royale, Cardinal, Tiffanys, Cromwells, Madisons, Chelsea Village, Bumbles just to name a few!)
Any stories and / or photos that have anything to do with any of these greatly appreciated!