The way we used to live: Charminster, the suburb with more than a century of commerce

Charminster Road, Bournemouth, in 1972

Charminster Road, Bournemouth, in 1972

First published in News

CHARMINSTER lies within the BH8 catchment and is a growing suburb.

Charminster is one of the oldest parts of Bournemouth, having grown rapidly before World War I.

Many of the shops and services available in the suburb have been established for a number of years.

The first post office in Charminster opened in 1899 and, as early as 1901, John Arthur set up a photographic studio.

By 1903 the original 11 shop had grown to 52, including grocers, butchers and drapers, quickly followed by picture frame makers, a bazaar, fancy repository and wardrobe dealer.

The Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation, one of many places of worship in Charminster, was completed in 1907.

The Church of St Francis, consecrated on October 3, 1930, dominated the valley below from the highest point of what was by then an almost completely built-up Charminster Road.

The village name derives from the River Cerne and the small minster church of St Mary, resulting in Cernminster, which evolved into Charminster.

Today, Charminster is a thriving cosmopolitan community that fuses a wealth of cultures and influences along its bustling high street with international restaurants, cafes and wine bars, as well as some great specialist independent shops providing unique and varied choices, in a lively, trendy atmosphere.

Due to its close proximity to Bournemouth University, Charminster is home to a large number of students in term time and that influx of youth ensures the area is at the cutting edge of society.

Travel eastwards and you’ll reach Queens Park.

The area used to be common land for local villagers to graze animals and cultivate turf but the vast majority of the parkland is now taken up by the prestigious golf course.

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3:52pm Wed 20 Aug 14

pikey's dog says...

Cosmopolitan community my backside.Too many Uni students,too many takeaways/bars.Too many foreigners.The place is a dump.Just walk round on a sat or sunday morning and look at all the rubbish strewn about.Come on Bournemouth council,stop dishing out licences like freebies.Oh and yes I've in Charminster for the best part of 20 years.
Cosmopolitan community my backside.Too many Uni students,too many takeaways/bars.Too many foreigners.The place is a dump.Just walk round on a sat or sunday morning and look at all the rubbish strewn about.Come on Bournemouth council,stop dishing out licences like freebies.Oh and yes I've in Charminster for the best part of 20 years. pikey's dog
  • Score: 8

5:09pm Wed 20 Aug 14

maru says...

****'s dog wrote:
Cosmopolitan community my backside.Too many Uni students,too many takeaways/bars.Too many foreigners.The place is a dump.Just walk round on a sat or sunday morning and look at all the rubbish strewn about.Come on Bournemouth council,stop dishing out licences like freebies.Oh and yes I've in Charminster for the best part of 20 years.
Move away then you muppet Ihave lived in Charmie for over 60 years and love it, love it,love it.
[quote][p][bold]****'s dog[/bold] wrote: Cosmopolitan community my backside.Too many Uni students,too many takeaways/bars.Too many foreigners.The place is a dump.Just walk round on a sat or sunday morning and look at all the rubbish strewn about.Come on Bournemouth council,stop dishing out licences like freebies.Oh and yes I've in Charminster for the best part of 20 years.[/p][/quote]Move away then you muppet Ihave lived in Charmie for over 60 years and love it, love it,love it. maru
  • Score: -4

5:21pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Townee says...

I was born and have lived in Charminster all my life and in my opinion the area has gone down hill in the last 20 years. We now have less families living in owner occupiers houses because the greedy buy to let landlords have pushed up prices to make room for students. They buy 4 bed houses and then let them out as 6 bedroom HMO's for students. They pay NO council tax for student houses and WE THE TAX PAYERS THEN HAVE TO PAY AGAIN WITH GRANTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE UP THE SHORT FALL TO THE COUNCIL. THIS MEANS COUNCIL TAX PAYER ARE PAYING TWICE FOR LESS. Many road now have larger populations of students the families and those left are being forced out through anti social behaviour, parties, noise and unkempt houses spoiling the roads.
I was born and have lived in Charminster all my life and in my opinion the area has gone down hill in the last 20 years. We now have less families living in owner occupiers houses because the greedy buy to let landlords have pushed up prices to make room for students. They buy 4 bed houses and then let them out as 6 bedroom HMO's for students. They pay NO council tax for student houses and WE THE TAX PAYERS THEN HAVE TO PAY AGAIN WITH GRANTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE UP THE SHORT FALL TO THE COUNCIL. THIS MEANS COUNCIL TAX PAYER ARE PAYING TWICE FOR LESS. Many road now have larger populations of students the families and those left are being forced out through anti social behaviour, parties, noise and unkempt houses spoiling the roads. Townee
  • Score: 18

8:44pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Mr B..... says...

Townee wrote:
I was born and have lived in Charminster all my life and in my opinion the area has gone down hill in the last 20 years. We now have less families living in owner occupiers houses because the greedy buy to let landlords have pushed up prices to make room for students. They buy 4 bed houses and then let them out as 6 bedroom HMO's for students. They pay NO council tax for student houses and WE THE TAX PAYERS THEN HAVE TO PAY AGAIN WITH GRANTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE UP THE SHORT FALL TO THE COUNCIL. THIS MEANS COUNCIL TAX PAYER ARE PAYING TWICE FOR LESS. Many road now have larger populations of students the families and those left are being forced out through anti social behaviour, parties, noise and unkempt houses spoiling the roads.
You do realise the council receives up front payment for council tax on student numbers meaning the council does receive money for its student population.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: I was born and have lived in Charminster all my life and in my opinion the area has gone down hill in the last 20 years. We now have less families living in owner occupiers houses because the greedy buy to let landlords have pushed up prices to make room for students. They buy 4 bed houses and then let them out as 6 bedroom HMO's for students. They pay NO council tax for student houses and WE THE TAX PAYERS THEN HAVE TO PAY AGAIN WITH GRANTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE UP THE SHORT FALL TO THE COUNCIL. THIS MEANS COUNCIL TAX PAYER ARE PAYING TWICE FOR LESS. Many road now have larger populations of students the families and those left are being forced out through anti social behaviour, parties, noise and unkempt houses spoiling the roads.[/p][/quote]You do realise the council receives up front payment for council tax on student numbers meaning the council does receive money for its student population. Mr B.....
  • Score: 2

10:36pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Wageslave says...

If you are selling those 'rose tinted glasses' at the Echo offices can I have a pair.
If you are selling those 'rose tinted glasses' at the Echo offices can I have a pair. Wageslave
  • Score: 4

10:30am Thu 4 Sep 14

Lord Spring says...

Mr B..... wrote:
Townee wrote:
I was born and have lived in Charminster all my life and in my opinion the area has gone down hill in the last 20 years. We now have less families living in owner occupiers houses because the greedy buy to let landlords have pushed up prices to make room for students. They buy 4 bed houses and then let them out as 6 bedroom HMO's for students. They pay NO council tax for student houses and WE THE TAX PAYERS THEN HAVE TO PAY AGAIN WITH GRANTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE UP THE SHORT FALL TO THE COUNCIL. THIS MEANS COUNCIL TAX PAYER ARE PAYING TWICE FOR LESS. Many road now have larger populations of students the families and those left are being forced out through anti social behaviour, parties, noise and unkempt houses spoiling the roads.
You do realise the council receives up front payment for council tax on student numbers meaning the council does receive money for its student population.
And whose money is it the Council receives its not the Government's as they have no money it is tax payers money.
[quote][p][bold]Mr B.....[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: I was born and have lived in Charminster all my life and in my opinion the area has gone down hill in the last 20 years. We now have less families living in owner occupiers houses because the greedy buy to let landlords have pushed up prices to make room for students. They buy 4 bed houses and then let them out as 6 bedroom HMO's for students. They pay NO council tax for student houses and WE THE TAX PAYERS THEN HAVE TO PAY AGAIN WITH GRANTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE UP THE SHORT FALL TO THE COUNCIL. THIS MEANS COUNCIL TAX PAYER ARE PAYING TWICE FOR LESS. Many road now have larger populations of students the families and those left are being forced out through anti social behaviour, parties, noise and unkempt houses spoiling the roads.[/p][/quote]You do realise the council receives up front payment for council tax on student numbers meaning the council does receive money for its student population.[/p][/quote]And whose money is it the Council receives its not the Government's as they have no money it is tax payers money. Lord Spring
  • Score: 0
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