10 things that will surprise you about Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: Ten things that will surprise you about Bournemouth Ten things that will surprise you about Bournemouth

You may think you know Bournemouth pretty well, but do you know the following ten quirky facts.

1. Amanda Holden rode around naked on a bike

Actress Amanda Holden once rode around Bournemouth naked on a motorbike after being dared £20 by friends. After whizzing round the block she shouted ‘say no to crack’ at a security guard.

Bournemouth Echo: POPULAR: Amanda Holden catches up on the news at Castlepoint yesterday

2. The Beatles loved Bournemouth

After Liverpool and London, Bournemouth is the UK town where the Beatles played the most concerts and their cover for their second album With the Beatles was a photograph taken at the Palace Court hotel in 1963.

Bournemouth Echo: Signed Beatles record sleeve up for auction
 

3. A weird egg video which attracted thousands of viewers was filmed on Bournemouth beach.

A member of the public @Danny85bournemouth came across this weird egg that was washed up on Bournemouth beach in 2011 and posted the video on Youtube. The video received more than 420,000 views.

Danny said: "This massive egg, urchin thing was on the beach at Bournemouth this morning - it stank, my friend kicked it, it was like a massive shell. There was something inside."

4. Bournemouth enjoys a whopping 7.7 hours of sunshine a day

There is on average 7.7 hours of summer sunshine a day in Bournemouth and 4.7million tourists flock to the town every year.

Bournemouth Echo: South coast residents enjoying the sunshine at Bournemouth beach last year and boosting their immunity to cardiovascular problems in the process.

5.  The co-founder of Rolls Royce became the first British man to die in an aircraft crash.

The fateful day in Bournemouth was July 12, 1910 which saw the aviation pioneer Charles Rolls, having crossed the channel by balloon in 1906, die in a horrific crash.  Rolls made more than 200 flights in his Wright Flyer, made under license by Short Bros. On that day its tail broke off with deadly consequences for the pilot. For more about why he was in Bournemouth read here

Bournemouth Echo: MAGNIFICENT MAN IN HIS FLYING MACHINE: Charles S Rolls was killed in a plane crash in Bournemouth in 1910

6. Bournemouth has been the home for great writers

Literary masters JRR Tolkein and Enid Blyton lived here and Robert Louis Stevenson wrote 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' at 'Skerryvore' the house he shared with his wife in Westbourne.

Bournemouth Echo: Robert Louis Stevenson 'Jeyyll and Hyde' historic walk

7. Bournemouth serves up more than 2,000 ice creams a day

Every year an average of 750,000 ice creams are bought on the seven miles of Bournemouth's seafront. That's more than 2,000 a day.

Bournemouth Echo:

8. The Great train robbers were arrested in Bournemouth

The first arrests in the Great Train Robbery investigation were made in Tweedale Road, off Castle

Lane West. Find out what happened here

Bournemouth Echo: Bridego Railway Bridge, site of the Great Train Robbery, August 1963t

9. Winston Churchill almost died in Bournemouth

It was a moment that could have changed the course of world history. In 1892 a young 18-year-old Winston Churchill fell from a bridge in Bournemouth. After falling 29 feet he was unconcious for three days and his injuries left him bedridden for three months. Decades later and historians are still arguing whether it was in Alum Chine or Branksome Dene.

Later on in 1940, Labour leader Clement Attlee made a historic phone call from the Highcliff Hotel which ensured that Winston Churchill would be Prime Minister.

Bournemouth Echo: Famous Masons include Sir Winston Churchill

10. The IRA tried to blow up Bournemouth pier when it bombed the town

In the summer of 1993 six bombs, believed to have been planted by the IRA, were planted in Bournemouth. Four went off destroying a furniture stores Maples and seriously damaging three other shops. The same night a bomb damaged the pier and a second was defused by Police. No one was hurt during the blasts but the damage was estimated at £1million.

Bournemouth Echo:

Have you got any more little gems for us?

Do you know any great facts about Bournemouth? If so let us know by tweeting reporter Miriam Phillips @echomiriam or email miriam.phillips@bournemouthecho.co.uk

 

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10:29am Fri 24 Jan 14

Kevin_123 says...

Some really interesting facts about Bournemouth - I for one am proud of where I came from and I feel most people who come to Bournemouth fall in love with the place.
Some really interesting facts about Bournemouth - I for one am proud of where I came from and I feel most people who come to Bournemouth fall in love with the place. Kevin_123

10:34am Fri 24 Jan 14

porridge2010 says...

I knew most of these facts, hubby was one of the firemen at Maples that day....I guess that comes from being Bournemouth born and bred :) I love this place!!
I knew most of these facts, hubby was one of the firemen at Maples that day....I guess that comes from being Bournemouth born and bred :) I love this place!! porridge2010

10:44am Fri 24 Jan 14

woby_tide says...

"The same night a bomb damaged the pier and a second was diffused by Police"

We could replace the Bomb Squad with Hairdressers.

Oh right you meant defuse.
"The same night a bomb damaged the pier and a second was diffused by Police" We could replace the Bomb Squad with Hairdressers. Oh right you meant defuse. woby_tide

10:50am Fri 24 Jan 14

BmthSarah says...

Bombs are more usually 'defused' than 'diffused'
Bombs are more usually 'defused' than 'diffused' BmthSarah

10:51am Fri 24 Jan 14

smhinto says...

The things that surprise me about Bournemouth is:
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A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions.
.
B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens every year.
.
C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town.
.
D. Failures of both Poole and Bournemouth Councils to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly.

E. Lack of effective policing.
.
F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area.
.
Apart from that Bournemouth is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting every year.
The things that surprise me about Bournemouth is: . A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions. . B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens every year. . C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town. . D. Failures of both Poole and Bournemouth Councils to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly. E. Lack of effective policing. . F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area. . Apart from that Bournemouth is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting every year. smhinto

10:57am Fri 24 Jan 14

Ms daisy says...

Standing in a queue down the allyway right around the back of the cinemas to see Star Wars, kickerbocker glory at fortes then going to the bus station to get back home.
Standing in a queue down the allyway right around the back of the cinemas to see Star Wars, kickerbocker glory at fortes then going to the bus station to get back home. Ms daisy

11:23am Fri 24 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

Nothing surprises me about Bournemouth.
Nothing surprises me about Bournemouth. Hessenford

11:35am Fri 24 Jan 14

jobsworthwatch says...

11. Captain Tregonwell having built the first house in Bournemouth applied for a conservation order for the land we now call pier approach to prevent it being turned into a summer obstacle course to the beach......or a little piece of Blackpool. Needless to say his request was refused!
11. Captain Tregonwell having built the first house in Bournemouth applied for a conservation order for the land we now call pier approach to prevent it being turned into a summer obstacle course to the beach......or a little piece of Blackpool. Needless to say his request was refused! jobsworthwatch

11:48am Fri 24 Jan 14

MrPitiful says...

smhinto wrote:
The things that surprise me about Bournemouth is:
.
A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions.
.
B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens every year.
.
C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town.
.
D. Failures of both Poole and Bournemouth Councils to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly.

E. Lack of effective policing.
.
F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area.
.
Apart from that Bournemouth is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting every year.
Most of which are down to the local electorate voting in a tory council and government because they are too scared and snobby to vote for anyone else.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: The things that surprise me about Bournemouth is: . A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions. . B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens every year. . C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town. . D. Failures of both Poole and Bournemouth Councils to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly. E. Lack of effective policing. . F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area. . Apart from that Bournemouth is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting every year.[/p][/quote]Most of which are down to the local electorate voting in a tory council and government because they are too scared and snobby to vote for anyone else. MrPitiful

11:49am Fri 24 Jan 14

MrPitiful says...

By the way - where does Ian Beale fit in with fact number 6??
By the way - where does Ian Beale fit in with fact number 6?? MrPitiful

12:25pm Fri 24 Jan 14

crispy_pants says...

Think of this peeps. Lots of people come here for their holidays, BUT we live here. Aren't we lucky. It is a lovely place.
Think of this peeps. Lots of people come here for their holidays, BUT we live here. Aren't we lucky. It is a lovely place. crispy_pants

12:37pm Fri 24 Jan 14

BmthNewshound says...

Did you know that Bournemouth has one of the highest number of people with mental health problems per head of population of anywhere in the UK.
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When you look at the inhabitants of the Council Chamber this shouldn't come as a surprise.
Did you know that Bournemouth has one of the highest number of people with mental health problems per head of population of anywhere in the UK. . When you look at the inhabitants of the Council Chamber this shouldn't come as a surprise. BmthNewshound

1:33pm Fri 24 Jan 14

madras says...

It has a Surf Reef!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It has a Surf Reef!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! madras

1:34pm Fri 24 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

My granny put her false teeth on a chair in the garden
Hitler visited that night
and dropped a bomb on them
My granny put her false teeth on a chair in the garden Hitler visited that night and dropped a bomb on them nickynoodah

1:42pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Abetterbournemouth says...

MrPitiful wrote:
smhinto wrote:
The things that surprise me about Bournemouth is:
.
A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions.
.
B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens every year.
.
C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town.
.
D. Failures of both Poole and Bournemouth Councils to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly.

E. Lack of effective policing.
.
F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area.
.
Apart from that Bournemouth is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting every year.
Most of which are down to the local electorate voting in a tory council and government because they are too scared and snobby to vote for anyone else.
You had better sign up for 'A Better Bournemouth' www.abetterbournemou
th.org
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: The things that surprise me about Bournemouth is: . A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions. . B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens every year. . C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town. . D. Failures of both Poole and Bournemouth Councils to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly. E. Lack of effective policing. . F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area. . Apart from that Bournemouth is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting every year.[/p][/quote]Most of which are down to the local electorate voting in a tory council and government because they are too scared and snobby to vote for anyone else.[/p][/quote]You had better sign up for 'A Better Bournemouth' www.abetterbournemou th.org Abetterbournemouth

1:43pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Abetterbournemouth says...

MrPitiful wrote:
smhinto wrote:
The things that surprise me about Bournemouth is:
.
A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions.
.
B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens every year.
.
C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town.
.
D. Failures of both Poole and Bournemouth Councils to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly.

E. Lack of effective policing.
.
F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area.
.
Apart from that Bournemouth is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting every year.
Most of which are down to the local electorate voting in a tory council and government because they are too scared and snobby to vote for anyone else.
You had better sign up for 'A Better Bournemouth' Mr.Pitiful.Absolutel
y spot on.Go to www.abetterbournemou
th.org
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: The things that surprise me about Bournemouth is: . A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions. . B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens every year. . C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town. . D. Failures of both Poole and Bournemouth Councils to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly. E. Lack of effective policing. . F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area. . Apart from that Bournemouth is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting every year.[/p][/quote]Most of which are down to the local electorate voting in a tory council and government because they are too scared and snobby to vote for anyone else.[/p][/quote]You had better sign up for 'A Better Bournemouth' Mr.Pitiful.Absolutel y spot on.Go to www.abetterbournemou th.org Abetterbournemouth

1:54pm Fri 24 Jan 14

SmilesBmouth says...

I love that you're reporting the "egg" thing as real, 2 minutes on google confirmed it was part of a student trailer for a film that didn't get made:

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=pxgqTC57x
KI&feature=related

Usual Echo research then....
I love that you're reporting the "egg" thing as real, 2 minutes on google confirmed it was part of a student trailer for a film that didn't get made: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=pxgqTC57x KI&feature=related Usual Echo research then.... SmilesBmouth

2:53pm Fri 24 Jan 14

eaststandman says...

Inspector Abbaline (not sure of the spelling, sorry), retired here from Whitechapel after failing to catch 'jack the ripper'. He's buried at charminster I believe.
Inspector Abbaline (not sure of the spelling, sorry), retired here from Whitechapel after failing to catch 'jack the ripper'. He's buried at charminster I believe. eaststandman

3:08pm Fri 24 Jan 14

retry69 says...

There are more living fossils in Bournemouth than in the entire U.K.
There are more living fossils in Bournemouth than in the entire U.K. retry69

3:23pm Fri 24 Jan 14

jobsworthwatch says...

retry69 wrote:
There are more living fossils in Bournemouth than in the entire U.K.
On this web site I would say?
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: There are more living fossils in Bournemouth than in the entire U.K.[/p][/quote]On this web site I would say? jobsworthwatch

3:33pm Fri 24 Jan 14

retry69 says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
retry69 wrote:
There are more living fossils in Bournemouth than in the entire U.K.
On this web site I would say?
Well yes I thought that went without saying :)
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: There are more living fossils in Bournemouth than in the entire U.K.[/p][/quote]On this web site I would say?[/p][/quote]Well yes I thought that went without saying :) retry69

3:35pm Fri 24 Jan 14

jayeffpea says...

Why not take a guided walking tour and learn a little more about central Bournemouths history, a tour coming up in March And April, keep an eye on the Echo for dates
www.bournemouthguide
dwalkingtours.co.uk
Why not take a guided walking tour and learn a little more about central Bournemouths history, a tour coming up in March And April, keep an eye on the Echo for dates www.bournemouthguide dwalkingtours.co.uk jayeffpea

3:37pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Bryank says...

A few more..

Mary Shelley is buried here. (Author of Frankenstein).

The first Schneider Trophy Race in the UK was held here in 1919, starting from Bournemouth Pier. Mist caused major problems and eventually caused the race to be voided. (The race eventually returned to the UK, with The Schneider Trophy permanently awarded to Great Britain in 1931. Won by Supermarine, of certain Spitfire fame)

Bournemouth Pier used to be a seaplane terminal..

Bournemouth Airport (Hurn!) was the UK's first international airport, before Heathrow opened.

Churchill had his own plane (A Liberator) based at Hurn. The hangar where it was kept is still called 'Churchill Hangar.'

H2S radars (used in Lancaster bombers) were made in a 'secret' factory in West Howe. (After the war this was used Max Factors, before finally being built over..)
A few more.. Mary Shelley is buried here. (Author of Frankenstein). The first Schneider Trophy Race in the UK was held here in 1919, starting from Bournemouth Pier. Mist caused major problems and eventually caused the race to be voided. (The race eventually returned to the UK, with The Schneider Trophy permanently awarded to Great Britain in 1931. Won by Supermarine, of certain Spitfire fame) Bournemouth Pier used to be a seaplane terminal.. Bournemouth Airport (Hurn!) was the UK's first international airport, before Heathrow opened. Churchill had his own plane (A Liberator) based at Hurn. The hangar where it was kept is still called 'Churchill Hangar.' H2S radars (used in Lancaster bombers) were made in a 'secret' factory in West Howe. (After the war this was used Max Factors, before finally being built over..) Bryank

4:03pm Fri 24 Jan 14

spooki says...

Bryank wrote:
A few more..

Mary Shelley is buried here. (Author of Frankenstein).

The first Schneider Trophy Race in the UK was held here in 1919, starting from Bournemouth Pier. Mist caused major problems and eventually caused the race to be voided. (The race eventually returned to the UK, with The Schneider Trophy permanently awarded to Great Britain in 1931. Won by Supermarine, of certain Spitfire fame)

Bournemouth Pier used to be a seaplane terminal..

Bournemouth Airport (Hurn!) was the UK's first international airport, before Heathrow opened.

Churchill had his own plane (A Liberator) based at Hurn. The hangar where it was kept is still called 'Churchill Hangar.'

H2S radars (used in Lancaster bombers) were made in a 'secret' factory in West Howe. (After the war this was used Max Factors, before finally being built over..)
My mums family used to live on the airport (which I still call Hurn), my dad saw the Beatles and Shirley Bassey at the Winter Gardens and my ex saw Queen before they became famous!
There are loads of little "did you know..." things about Bournemouth, if not everywhere, but it's nice to see old photos of recognisable places!
I must be old when I can start sentences with "I remember when...".
[quote][p][bold]Bryank[/bold] wrote: A few more.. Mary Shelley is buried here. (Author of Frankenstein). The first Schneider Trophy Race in the UK was held here in 1919, starting from Bournemouth Pier. Mist caused major problems and eventually caused the race to be voided. (The race eventually returned to the UK, with The Schneider Trophy permanently awarded to Great Britain in 1931. Won by Supermarine, of certain Spitfire fame) Bournemouth Pier used to be a seaplane terminal.. Bournemouth Airport (Hurn!) was the UK's first international airport, before Heathrow opened. Churchill had his own plane (A Liberator) based at Hurn. The hangar where it was kept is still called 'Churchill Hangar.' H2S radars (used in Lancaster bombers) were made in a 'secret' factory in West Howe. (After the war this was used Max Factors, before finally being built over..)[/p][/quote]My mums family used to live on the airport (which I still call Hurn), my dad saw the Beatles and Shirley Bassey at the Winter Gardens and my ex saw Queen before they became famous! There are loads of little "did you know..." things about Bournemouth, if not everywhere, but it's nice to see old photos of recognisable places! I must be old when I can start sentences with "I remember when...". spooki

4:59pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Markmag says...

11. Bournemouth is like Poole, only nicer.
11. Bournemouth is like Poole, only nicer. Markmag

5:08pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Markmag says...

12. The building which has had the same picture of it printed more than any other in the world is Bournemouth Magistrates Court which, despite being one of the ugliest buildings in the town, has had the same file picture used by the Echo every odding day to unimaginatively illustrate it's unimaginative "In The Dock" feature since they unimaginatively launched it. As of this week they are trying to make it the most used picture on the internet also. Good luck!
12. The building which has had the same picture of it printed more than any other in the world is Bournemouth Magistrates Court which, despite being one of the ugliest buildings in the town, has had the same file picture used by the Echo every odding day to unimaginatively illustrate it's unimaginative "In The Dock" feature since they unimaginatively launched it. As of this week they are trying to make it the most used picture on the internet also. Good luck! Markmag

5:10pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Lindalegs says...

I am surprised there is controversy about where Sir Winston was injured. We were told he jumped (not fell) from the Suspension Bridge in Alum Chine, landing between two little old ladies, one of whom fainted with shock.
The reason he was there was that the Churchill summer home was a mansion up the hill from the bridge. I don't know about it now, but when I was a kid, it was a very nice Jewish nursing home.
How many recall the paddle steamers that went across B'mth Bay every day in the summer, or the tours around Brownsea Island (Not quite B'mth, but still) in little boats that had brass plaques saying they had been among the rescuers at Dunkirk.
One of my favourite memories was going to to see the candle light tablaeux in the Lower Pleasure Gardens. A big treat to stay up after dark to see them lit.
I am surprised there is controversy about where Sir Winston was injured. We were told he jumped (not fell) from the Suspension Bridge in Alum Chine, landing between two little old ladies, one of whom fainted with shock. The reason he was there was that the Churchill summer home was a mansion up the hill from the bridge. I don't know about it now, but when I was a kid, it was a very nice Jewish nursing home. How many recall the paddle steamers that went across B'mth Bay every day in the summer, or the tours around Brownsea Island (Not quite B'mth, but still) in little boats that had brass plaques saying they had been among the rescuers at Dunkirk. One of my favourite memories was going to to see the candle light tablaeux in the Lower Pleasure Gardens. A big treat to stay up after dark to see them lit. Lindalegs

5:18pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Azphreal says...

Didnt Tony Hancock start his career in Sringbourne? There are tunnels from Kings Park to the O2 as well.
Didnt Tony Hancock start his career in Sringbourne? There are tunnels from Kings Park to the O2 as well. Azphreal

5:20pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Lindalegs says...

I have typed and retyped 4 email addresses + mine to send this article and I keep getting the red notice to check my addresses. They are all correct. Now what ?????
I have typed and retyped 4 email addresses + mine to send this article and I keep getting the red notice to check my addresses. They are all correct. Now what ????? Lindalegs

5:55pm Fri 24 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Most of the best parts of Bournemouth are in Poole,Bournemouth international in Christchurch. But Bournemouth as Castle lane
Most of the best parts of Bournemouth are in Poole,Bournemouth international in Christchurch. But Bournemouth as Castle lane kalebmoledirt

6:01pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Phixer says...

Azphreal wrote:
Didnt Tony Hancock start his career in Sringbourne? There are tunnels from Kings Park to the O2 as well.
I saw Hancock when his mother was buried at the North Cemetery.
[quote][p][bold]Azphreal[/bold] wrote: Didnt Tony Hancock start his career in Sringbourne? There are tunnels from Kings Park to the O2 as well.[/p][/quote]I saw Hancock when his mother was buried at the North Cemetery. Phixer

6:03pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Phixer says...

Lindalegs wrote:
I am surprised there is controversy about where Sir Winston was injured. We were told he jumped (not fell) from the Suspension Bridge in Alum Chine, landing between two little old ladies, one of whom fainted with shock.
The reason he was there was that the Churchill summer home was a mansion up the hill from the bridge. I don't know about it now, but when I was a kid, it was a very nice Jewish nursing home.
How many recall the paddle steamers that went across B'mth Bay every day in the summer, or the tours around Brownsea Island (Not quite B'mth, but still) in little boats that had brass plaques saying they had been among the rescuers at Dunkirk.
One of my favourite memories was going to to see the candle light tablaeux in the Lower Pleasure Gardens. A big treat to stay up after dark to see them lit.
There is still a candle lit tableau each August Wednesday.

The red squirrels have been pushed out by pushy immigrants.
[quote][p][bold]Lindalegs[/bold] wrote: I am surprised there is controversy about where Sir Winston was injured. We were told he jumped (not fell) from the Suspension Bridge in Alum Chine, landing between two little old ladies, one of whom fainted with shock. The reason he was there was that the Churchill summer home was a mansion up the hill from the bridge. I don't know about it now, but when I was a kid, it was a very nice Jewish nursing home. How many recall the paddle steamers that went across B'mth Bay every day in the summer, or the tours around Brownsea Island (Not quite B'mth, but still) in little boats that had brass plaques saying they had been among the rescuers at Dunkirk. One of my favourite memories was going to to see the candle light tablaeux in the Lower Pleasure Gardens. A big treat to stay up after dark to see them lit.[/p][/quote]There is still a candle lit tableau each August Wednesday. The red squirrels have been pushed out by pushy immigrants. Phixer

6:17pm Fri 24 Jan 14

GAHmusic says...

Did you know on Manor road there is a secret gentlemans club that keeps a display of some very fast and valuable historic cars?
Did you know on Manor road there is a secret gentlemans club that keeps a display of some very fast and valuable historic cars? GAHmusic

7:10pm Fri 24 Jan 14

oversixty says...

Bournemouth has 10 Local Nature Reserves.
Bournemouth has 10 Local Nature Reserves. oversixty

7:17pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

Azphreal wrote:
Didnt Tony Hancock start his career in Sringbourne? There are tunnels from Kings Park to the O2 as well.
Do you mean Syringebourne (Springbourne) Tony Hancock first performed at Trade Union club in Avon Road.
[quote][p][bold]Azphreal[/bold] wrote: Didnt Tony Hancock start his career in Sringbourne? There are tunnels from Kings Park to the O2 as well.[/p][/quote]Do you mean Syringebourne (Springbourne) Tony Hancock first performed at Trade Union club in Avon Road. Lord Spring

7:27pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

Victoria Cross award too 2 men both resident of Capstone Road.
Victoria Cross award too 2 men both resident of Capstone Road. Lord Spring

8:13pm Fri 24 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

If you kill someone in the toilets of the Boscombe lib club you get banned for a month
If you kill someone in the toilets of the Boscombe lib club you get banned for a month kalebmoledirt

8:48pm Fri 24 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
If you kill someone in the toilets of the Boscombe lib club you get banned for a month
3months in the bar and 4 if it,s their round
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: If you kill someone in the toilets of the Boscombe lib club you get banned for a month[/p][/quote]3months in the bar and 4 if it,s their round kalebmoledirt

10:19pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Bournefre says...

"4. Bournemouth enjoys a whopping 7.7 hours of sunshine a day
There is on average 7.7 hours of summer sunshine a day in Bournemouth and 4.7million tourists flock to the town every year.

Every year an average of 750,000 ice creams are bought on the seven miles of Bournemouth's seafront. That's more than 2,000 a day."

Does this 'prove' that if people in Bournemouth love ice cream they will also love an ice rink, or that Bournemouth is doing alright without one?
Maybe it 'proves' that there is a need for a permanent Olympic sized ice cream stand on the beach open all year round.
"4. Bournemouth enjoys a whopping 7.7 hours of sunshine a day There is on average 7.7 hours of summer sunshine a day in Bournemouth and 4.7million tourists flock to the town every year. Every year an average of 750,000 ice creams are bought on the seven miles of Bournemouth's seafront. That's more than 2,000 a day." Does this 'prove' that if people in Bournemouth love ice cream they will also love an ice rink, or that Bournemouth is doing alright without one? Maybe it 'proves' that there is a need for a permanent Olympic sized ice cream stand on the beach open all year round. Bournefre

10:36pm Fri 24 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

eaststandman wrote:
Inspector Abbaline (not sure of the spelling, sorry), retired here from Whitechapel after failing to catch 'jack the ripper'. He's buried at charminster I believe.
I think there was also a Shelley connection.
[quote][p][bold]eaststandman[/bold] wrote: Inspector Abbaline (not sure of the spelling, sorry), retired here from Whitechapel after failing to catch 'jack the ripper'. He's buried at charminster I believe.[/p][/quote]I think there was also a Shelley connection. O'Reilly

11:32pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Silver Stones says...

Other famous people to have been either born in the town or to have lived in Bournemouth at some point in their lives: Freddie Mills, actually born in Parkstone I believe - there's a statue of him in Bournemouth Gardens near Westover Road and Anita Harris who moved to Bournemouth at a young age from Somerset.
Other famous people to have been either born in the town or to have lived in Bournemouth at some point in their lives: Freddie Mills, actually born in Parkstone I believe - there's a statue of him in Bournemouth Gardens near Westover Road and Anita Harris who moved to Bournemouth at a young age from Somerset. Silver Stones

11:45pm Fri 24 Jan 14

hamworthygirl says...

Ms daisy wrote:
Standing in a queue down the allyway right around the back of the cinemas to see Star Wars, kickerbocker glory at fortes then going to the bus station to get back home.
Our yearly treat was tio go to fortes and have a knickerbocker glory when mum took us xmas shopping and a visit to beales santa
[quote][p][bold]Ms daisy[/bold] wrote: Standing in a queue down the allyway right around the back of the cinemas to see Star Wars, kickerbocker glory at fortes then going to the bus station to get back home.[/p][/quote]Our yearly treat was tio go to fortes and have a knickerbocker glory when mum took us xmas shopping and a visit to beales santa hamworthygirl

11:45pm Fri 24 Jan 14

hamworthygirl says...

Ms daisy wrote:
Standing in a queue down the allyway right around the back of the cinemas to see Star Wars, kickerbocker glory at fortes then going to the bus station to get back home.
Our yearly treat was tio go to fortes and have a knickerbocker glory when mum took us xmas shopping and a visit to beales santa
[quote][p][bold]Ms daisy[/bold] wrote: Standing in a queue down the allyway right around the back of the cinemas to see Star Wars, kickerbocker glory at fortes then going to the bus station to get back home.[/p][/quote]Our yearly treat was tio go to fortes and have a knickerbocker glory when mum took us xmas shopping and a visit to beales santa hamworthygirl

11:46pm Fri 24 Jan 14

GeorgeW64 says...

I only clicked because I thought their might be something of interest to read, Glad I missed Amanda Holden though, she's bad enough with clothes on.
I only clicked because I thought their might be something of interest to read, Glad I missed Amanda Holden though, she's bad enough with clothes on. GeorgeW64

7:25am Sat 25 Jan 14

Richard 1976 says...

smhinto wrote:
The things that surprise me about Bournemouth is:
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A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions.
.
B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens every year.
.
C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town.
.
D. Failures of both Poole and Bournemouth Councils to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly.

E. Lack of effective policing.
.
F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area.
.
Apart from that Bournemouth is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting every year.
You live in Lincolnshire so what makes you capable of commenting on how the town is policed, governed, blah blah blah. No more than when you spout your carp when Boscombe haven't won. Stick to what you know eh?
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: The things that surprise me about Bournemouth is: . A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions. . B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens every year. . C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town. . D. Failures of both Poole and Bournemouth Councils to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly. E. Lack of effective policing. . F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area. . Apart from that Bournemouth is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting every year.[/p][/quote]You live in Lincolnshire so what makes you capable of commenting on how the town is policed, governed, blah blah blah. No more than when you spout your carp when Boscombe haven't won. Stick to what you know eh? Richard 1976

7:31am Sat 25 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

There is a full size replica of a Brazilian slum complete with a crack cafe in Boscome
There is a full size replica of a Brazilian slum complete with a crack cafe in Boscome kalebmoledirt

8:00am Sat 25 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

The things that surprise me about Lincoln is:
.
A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions.
.
B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens all year year.
.
C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town.
.
D. Failures of both Lyndsey Councils and Lincoln to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly.

E. Lack of effective policing.
.
F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area.
.
Apart from that Lincoln is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting occasionally, If you take to the high ground
The things that surprise me about Lincoln is: . A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions. . B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens all year year. . C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town. . D. Failures of both Lyndsey Councils and Lincoln to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly. E. Lack of effective policing. . F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area. . Apart from that Lincoln is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting occasionally, If you take to the high ground Lord Spring

8:41am Sat 25 Jan 14

retry69 says...

Lord Spring wrote:
The things that surprise me about Lincoln is:
.
A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions.
.
B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens all year year.
.
C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town.
.
D. Failures of both Lyndsey Councils and Lincoln to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly.

E. Lack of effective policing.
.
F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area.
.
Apart from that Lincoln is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting occasionally, If you take to the high ground
What has got into you lately? :)
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: The things that surprise me about Lincoln is: . A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions. . B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens all year year. . C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town. . D. Failures of both Lyndsey Councils and Lincoln to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly. E. Lack of effective policing. . F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area. . Apart from that Lincoln is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting occasionally, If you take to the high ground[/p][/quote]What has got into you lately? :) retry69

9:16am Sat 25 Jan 14

nothingtofear says...

retry69 wrote:
Lord Spring wrote:
The things that surprise me about Lincoln is:
.
A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions.
.
B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens all year year.
.
C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town.
.
D. Failures of both Lyndsey Councils and Lincoln to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly.

E. Lack of effective policing.
.
F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area.
.
Apart from that Lincoln is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting occasionally, If you take to the high ground
What has got into you lately? :)
To be fair, I think that the post from Smhinto got his goat.

As I'm sure you've realised, Smhinto is right up there with Nicky Noodah as this websites' premier wind up merchant. In particular, he is the bete noire of AFC Bournemouth fans although he somewhat dubiously professes to be one himself.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: The things that surprise me about Lincoln is: . A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions. . B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens all year year. . C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town. . D. Failures of both Lyndsey Councils and Lincoln to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly. E. Lack of effective policing. . F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area. . Apart from that Lincoln is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting occasionally, If you take to the high ground[/p][/quote]What has got into you lately? :)[/p][/quote]To be fair, I think that the post from Smhinto got his goat. As I'm sure you've realised, Smhinto is right up there with Nicky Noodah as this websites' premier wind up merchant. In particular, he is the bete noire of AFC Bournemouth fans although he somewhat dubiously professes to be one himself. nothingtofear

9:20am Sat 25 Jan 14

retry69 says...

nothingtofear wrote:
retry69 wrote:
Lord Spring wrote:
The things that surprise me about Lincoln is:
.
A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions.
.
B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens all year year.
.
C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town.
.
D. Failures of both Lyndsey Councils and Lincoln to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly.

E. Lack of effective policing.
.
F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area.
.
Apart from that Lincoln is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting occasionally, If you take to the high ground
What has got into you lately? :)
To be fair, I think that the post from Smhinto got his goat.

As I'm sure you've realised, Smhinto is right up there with Nicky Noodah as this websites' premier wind up merchant. In particular, he is the bete noire of AFC Bournemouth fans although he somewhat dubiously professes to be one himself.
yes I do realise tx, but it usually takes an awful lot to get m`luds goat so I am concerned for his welfare more than a serial troll :)
[quote][p][bold]nothingtofear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: The things that surprise me about Lincoln is: . A. The councils inability to control traffic flow in the town resulting in traffic chaos on many occasions. . B. Unable to sort out the gypsy traveller problem which happens all year year. . C. Failure to address the ongoing problem of young 'drunks' and anti-social behaviour of which is rife in the town. . D. Failures of both Lyndsey Councils and Lincoln to take immediate action and make decisions on any given issue that may arise and who fail to answer peoples complaints properly. E. Lack of effective policing. . F. Failure to deal with the large number of low echelon dysfunctional lunatics that haunt the area. . Apart from that Lincoln is a nice pictorial town of which I do enjoy visiting occasionally, If you take to the high ground[/p][/quote]What has got into you lately? :)[/p][/quote]To be fair, I think that the post from Smhinto got his goat. As I'm sure you've realised, Smhinto is right up there with Nicky Noodah as this websites' premier wind up merchant. In particular, he is the bete noire of AFC Bournemouth fans although he somewhat dubiously professes to be one himself.[/p][/quote]yes I do realise tx, but it usually takes an awful lot to get m`luds goat so I am concerned for his welfare more than a serial troll :) retry69

11:36am Sat 25 Jan 14

Glashen says...

Lindalegs wrote:
I am surprised there is controversy about where Sir Winston was injured. We were told he jumped (not fell) from the Suspension Bridge in Alum Chine, landing between two little old ladies, one of whom fainted with shock.
The reason he was there was that the Churchill summer home was a mansion up the hill from the bridge. I don't know about it now, but when I was a kid, it was a very nice Jewish nursing home.
How many recall the paddle steamers that went across B'mth Bay every day in the summer, or the tours around Brownsea Island (Not quite B'mth, but still) in little boats that had brass plaques saying they had been among the rescuers at Dunkirk.
One of my favourite memories was going to to see the candle light tablaeux in the Lower Pleasure Gardens. A big treat to stay up after dark to see them lit.
Your post shows why there is controversy since a bit research would have told you he could not have jumped / fallen from the suspension bridge since it wasn't built until 1903 by which time Churchill was an elected MP.
[quote][p][bold]Lindalegs[/bold] wrote: I am surprised there is controversy about where Sir Winston was injured. We were told he jumped (not fell) from the Suspension Bridge in Alum Chine, landing between two little old ladies, one of whom fainted with shock. The reason he was there was that the Churchill summer home was a mansion up the hill from the bridge. I don't know about it now, but when I was a kid, it was a very nice Jewish nursing home. How many recall the paddle steamers that went across B'mth Bay every day in the summer, or the tours around Brownsea Island (Not quite B'mth, but still) in little boats that had brass plaques saying they had been among the rescuers at Dunkirk. One of my favourite memories was going to to see the candle light tablaeux in the Lower Pleasure Gardens. A big treat to stay up after dark to see them lit.[/p][/quote]Your post shows why there is controversy since a bit research would have told you he could not have jumped / fallen from the suspension bridge since it wasn't built until 1903 by which time Churchill was an elected MP. Glashen

3:01pm Sat 25 Jan 14

DorsetBlues says...

Bournemouths a **** hole fact
Bournemouths a **** hole fact DorsetBlues

3:34pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Richard 1976 says...

DorsetBlues wrote:
Bournemouths a **** hole fact
Watering hole? Whereas being from your particularly salubrious city it's your ****hole you have to watch
[quote][p][bold]DorsetBlues[/bold] wrote: Bournemouths a **** hole fact[/p][/quote]Watering hole? Whereas being from your particularly salubrious city it's your ****hole you have to watch Richard 1976

4:54pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Lindalegs says...

@ Glashen. I have lived all over the Middle East, for years, and the USA for 30, so I am only quoting what I heard as a child in Westbourne in the 40s and 50s. Since you are knowledgeable, do you know about the Branksome part of the story and the dates of that? Though I played in all the chines up to the pier, I remember little of them except Alumchine where I spent most of my time. (We used to cross the suspension bridge on the outside of the railings, and climb the towers too. I was very sad for the present day would be daredevil kids to see that access has since been blocked with wire. The cliffs above the Cloisters too. So sad!)
@ Glashen. I have lived all over the Middle East, for years, and the USA for 30, so I am only quoting what I heard as a child in Westbourne in the 40s and 50s. Since you are knowledgeable, do you know about the Branksome part of the story and the dates of that? Though I played in all the chines up to the pier, I remember little of them except Alumchine where I spent most of my time. (We used to cross the suspension bridge on the outside of the railings, and climb the towers too. I was very sad for the present day would be daredevil kids to see that access has since been blocked with wire. The cliffs above the Cloisters too. So sad!) Lindalegs

7:38pm Sun 26 Jan 14

504gld says...

Marconi set up the world's first pair of coastal radio stations at a hotel near the Needles on the Isle of Wight and at another hotel in Bournemouth.....
Marconi set up the world's first pair of coastal radio stations at a hotel near the Needles on the Isle of Wight and at another hotel in Bournemouth..... 504gld

9:37pm Sun 26 Jan 14

simcal says...

504gld wrote:
Marconi set up the world's first pair of coastal radio stations at a hotel near the Needles on the Isle of Wight and at another hotel in Bournemouth.....
It was the Haven hotel which is in Poole. Mantovoni lived and died here.
[quote][p][bold]504gld[/bold] wrote: Marconi set up the world's first pair of coastal radio stations at a hotel near the Needles on the Isle of Wight and at another hotel in Bournemouth.....[/p][/quote]It was the Haven hotel which is in Poole. Mantovoni lived and died here. simcal

8:13am Mon 27 Jan 14

504gld says...

simcal wrote:
504gld wrote:
Marconi set up the world's first pair of coastal radio stations at a hotel near the Needles on the Isle of Wight and at another hotel in Bournemouth.....
It was the Haven hotel which is in Poole. Mantovoni lived and died here.
At first the station at the Madeira House Hotel, Bournemouth...... he later then relocated it.
[quote][p][bold]simcal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]504gld[/bold] wrote: Marconi set up the world's first pair of coastal radio stations at a hotel near the Needles on the Isle of Wight and at another hotel in Bournemouth.....[/p][/quote]It was the Haven hotel which is in Poole. Mantovoni lived and died here.[/p][/quote]At first the station at the Madeira House Hotel, Bournemouth...... he later then relocated it. 504gld

8:33am Mon 27 Jan 14

Topographic says...

Lots of fascinating articles here times have changed, for the good or not so good
If you want to learn some more history and some little interesting antidotes of the town, then there is a big red city sightseeing bus that runs for 6 months of the season, city sightseeing Bournemouth, its mainly an open top bus for an hour seeing the townand area/sights from a very different perspective.
Lots of fascinating articles here times have changed, for the good or not so good If you want to learn some more history and some little interesting antidotes of the town, then there is a big red city sightseeing bus that runs for 6 months of the season, city sightseeing Bournemouth, its mainly an open top bus for an hour seeing the townand area/sights from a very different perspective. Topographic

3:54pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Topographic says...

Marconi sent wireless communication from the Maderia hotel which is now the Court Royal hotel by the BIC there is a blue plaque commemorating the historic moments
Marconi sent wireless communication from the Maderia hotel which is now the Court Royal hotel by the BIC there is a blue plaque commemorating the historic moments Topographic

9:34pm Sat 8 Mar 14

stevobath says...

Heres a great fact.

Bournemouth used to have a great local NEWSpaper. It was called THE ECHO & had real journalists working at the paper!
Heres a great fact. Bournemouth used to have a great local NEWSpaper. It was called THE ECHO & had real journalists working at the paper! stevobath
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