Facebook group with wealth of nostalgic photos of Bournemouth and Poole rockets in popularity

Weston's Bakery shared by Liz Cutler_Calvert

East Quay Road, shared by Jon White

Poole footbridge, shared by Jon White

Rodney Richards

Wimborne Road, Winton, shared by Howard Noyce

Boscombe Citadel Singers, shared by Jennie Andrews

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A FACEBOOK group has become a massively popular forum for people to enjoy old pictures of Bournemouth and Poole.

Members of the group Memories of Old Poole & Bournemouth have turned up a wealth of photos showing familiar scenes from decades ago.

Membership of the group stands are more than 9,000. As well as stimulating people’s nostalgia, the group has helped identify uncaptioned pictures and even got old friends back together.

The group was started around five or six years ago by local man Wayne Richards, who saw interest suddenly take off last year.

“I started it as a tribute to my dad, Rodney Richards – known as Rocky Richards to everybody that knew him – who was Poole born and bred,” said Wayne.

“I loved his stories about the old days of Poole town and when he became ill he once said ‘When my generation is gone, nobody will remember how Poole used to be’.

“After his death in 2005 I really missed his stories of ‘Old Poole’ so around 2008/09 I started the group and added a few friends.

“It just ticked along for two or three years with me adding most of the photos from searches of the internet.

“Slowly, people joined up and the photos started appearing along with people’s stories.

“By early 2013 I was really excited that we had made 200 members which, to be honest, was more than I was expecting.”

At that point, the number of people joining started to rapidly gather momentum.

“It was a 1,000 members in a matter of a weeks,” said Wayne.

“Within another two weeks, it hit 2,000, then 3,000 a few days later. By the end of January 2014, we had reached 6,000.

“I honestly have no idea why it suddenly took off, but it has just bloomed into this amazing box of people’s memories.”

He said running the group had become a “monster” task.

He runs it with the help Tony Marsden and Michael Dennis, friends he has made through the group. He said they had been “a pleasure to have on board with their hard work and commitment”.

One of the most prolific contributors to the group is John White – or Jon White, as he calls himself online to avoid confusion with his similarly named son.

“I’m 68 and I just enjoy it. It keeps my mind occupied and fills my day,” he said.

“I limit myself now. It used to be from eight in the morning to 10-12pm.

“Now I limit myself from 1-2pm until midnight.

“It’s really enjoyable.”

Some posts have produced an enormous response.

Rod Bean posted a video, taken with his first video camera from the passenger seat of his car, showing a drive around Bournemouth and Boscombe in 1980.

It proved hugely popular, with more than 1,850 “likes” from Facebook users.

When Liz Cutler-Calvert posted a picture of her mother, Linda Cutler (nee Seymour) with colleagues from a branch of the bakery Weston’s. She believed the shop to have been in Bournemouth but needed help locating it.

The post has so far attracted more than 1,700 comments – although the location of the shop has yet to be settled.

With new pictures and memories being added all the time, Wayne Richards is proud of the group’s success.

“Every time I log on I see old friends getting back in touch with each other, families reunited, which really makes me happy,” he said.

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10:49am Wed 2 Apr 14

Hammy1 says...

This is a fantastic site and very addictive you think 'just have a look' and the next two hours have gone by. I have made contact with many friends. Thanks Spudgun keep the great work going. Best site ever.
This is a fantastic site and very addictive you think 'just have a look' and the next two hours have gone by. I have made contact with many friends. Thanks Spudgun keep the great work going. Best site ever. Hammy1
  • Score: 19

11:54am Wed 2 Apr 14

TheDistrict says...

This is a wonderful Facebook page, probably in my opinion, the best. I have always been keen on the history of my home town Bournemouth and its coastal sister Poole. So much information I have found, including rekindling friendships from school mates from way back in the 50s. It has been great to find out what they have done since leaving school. Sadly some are no longer with us. Seeing all the photographs from past and present, really brings back memories. Thanks to Wayne Richards, and Tony Marsden and Michael Dennis. Many thanks and Cheers.
This is a wonderful Facebook page, probably in my opinion, the best. I have always been keen on the history of my home town Bournemouth and its coastal sister Poole. So much information I have found, including rekindling friendships from school mates from way back in the 50s. It has been great to find out what they have done since leaving school. Sadly some are no longer with us. Seeing all the photographs from past and present, really brings back memories. Thanks to Wayne Richards, and Tony Marsden and Michael Dennis. Many thanks and Cheers. TheDistrict
  • Score: 11

12:04pm Wed 2 Apr 14

TheDistrict says...

Which is now the PizzaExpress. Look at the two pictures together, you can see the locality is (virtually) the same.

https://maps.google.
co.uk/maps?q=Glen+Fe
rn+road+Bournemouth&
ll=50.722071,-1.8715
06&spn=0.001481,0.00
4128&oe=utf-8&client
=firefox&channel=sb&
hnear=Glen+Fern+Rd&g
l=uk&t=m&z=19&layer=
c&cbll=50.722059,-1.
871353&panoid=rqoVI0
MQ4gVNa4CsSGGa9Q&cbp
=12,128.48,,0,0.45
Which is now the PizzaExpress. Look at the two pictures together, you can see the locality is (virtually) the same. https://maps.google. co.uk/maps?q=Glen+Fe rn+road+Bournemouth& ll=50.722071,-1.8715 06&spn=0.001481,0.00 4128&oe=utf-8&client =firefox&channel=sb& hnear=Glen+Fern+Rd&g l=uk&t=m&z=19&layer= c&cbll=50.722059,-1. 871353&panoid=rqoVI0 MQ4gVNa4CsSGGa9Q&cbp =12,128.48,,0,0.45 TheDistrict
  • Score: -2

1:44pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Wintonian says...

TheDistrict wrote:
Which is now the PizzaExpress. Look at the two pictures together, you can see the locality is (virtually) the same.

https://maps.google.

co.uk/maps?q=Glen+Fe

rn+road+Bournemouth&
amp;
ll=50.722071,-1.8715

06&spn=0.001481,
0.00
4128&oe=utf-8&am
p;client
=firefox&channel
=sb&
hnear=Glen+Fern+Rd&a
mp;g
l=uk&t=m&z=1
9&layer=
c&cbll=50.722059
,-1.
871353&panoid=rq
oVI0
MQ4gVNa4CsSGGa9Q&amp
;cbp
=12,128.48,,0,0.45
Except it isn't ... probably!

Look through the almost 2000 replies on the Facebook page, you'll see it has been almost 100% ruled out as 192 Old Christchurch Road. The slope of the side-road is much steeper than Glen Fern Road, and the frontage of the higher floors doesn't match either.

It's still the closest match to have been identified but there is still quite a lot of doubt that it IS actually the right answer.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: Which is now the PizzaExpress. Look at the two pictures together, you can see the locality is (virtually) the same. https://maps.google. co.uk/maps?q=Glen+Fe rn+road+Bournemouth& amp; ll=50.722071,-1.8715 06&spn=0.001481, 0.00 4128&oe=utf-8&am p;client =firefox&channel =sb& hnear=Glen+Fern+Rd&a mp;g l=uk&t=m&z=1 9&layer= c&cbll=50.722059 ,-1. 871353&panoid=rq oVI0 MQ4gVNa4CsSGGa9Q& ;cbp =12,128.48,,0,0.45[/p][/quote]Except it isn't ... probably! Look through the almost 2000 replies on the Facebook page, you'll see it has been almost 100% ruled out as 192 Old Christchurch Road. The slope of the side-road is much steeper than Glen Fern Road, and the frontage of the higher floors doesn't match either. It's still the closest match to have been identified but there is still quite a lot of doubt that it IS actually the right answer. Wintonian
  • Score: 5

4:39pm Wed 2 Apr 14

AnastasiaB says...

Brilliant page spend many happy hours on it.
Brilliant page spend many happy hours on it. AnastasiaB
  • Score: 2

8:36pm Wed 2 Apr 14

dmaber says...

Awesome Page that I spend many an hour looking at and/or commenting on
Awesome Page that I spend many an hour looking at and/or commenting on dmaber
  • Score: 1

3:29am Thu 3 Apr 14

billd766 says...

Can someone please post a link to that page for me.

Thank you.
Can someone please post a link to that page for me. Thank you. billd766
  • Score: 0

2:58pm Thu 3 Apr 14

typ nowhere says...

https://www.facebook
.com/groups/oldpoole
/
https://www.facebook .com/groups/oldpoole / typ nowhere
  • Score: 0

3:06pm Thu 3 Apr 14

billd766 says...

typ nowhere wrote:
https://www.facebook

.com/groups/oldpoole

/
Thanks for that information.
[quote][p][bold]typ nowhere[/bold] wrote: https://www.facebook .com/groups/oldpoole /[/p][/quote]Thanks for that information. billd766
  • Score: 0

1:48pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Torchie2 says...

Wintonian wrote:
TheDistrict wrote:
Which is now the PizzaExpress. Look at the two pictures together, you can see the locality is (virtually) the same.

https://maps.google.


co.uk/maps?q=Glen+Fe


rn+road+Bournemouth&
amp;
amp;
ll=50.722071,-1.8715


06&spn=0.001481,

0.00
4128&oe=utf-8&am
p;am
p;client
=firefox&channel

=sb&
hnear=Glen+Fern+Rd&a
mp;a
mp;g
l=uk&t=m&z=1

9&layer=
c&cbll=50.722059

,-1.
871353&panoid=rq

oVI0
MQ4gVNa4CsSGGa9Q&amp
;
;cbp
=12,128.48,,0,0.45
Except it isn't ... probably!

Look through the almost 2000 replies on the Facebook page, you'll see it has been almost 100% ruled out as 192 Old Christchurch Road. The slope of the side-road is much steeper than Glen Fern Road, and the frontage of the higher floors doesn't match either.

It's still the closest match to have been identified but there is still quite a lot of doubt that it IS actually the right answer.
Early pics of 192 OCR show it as not having windows like the 'Westons' building, even early 20s photos are nothing like it !
[quote][p][bold]Wintonian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: Which is now the PizzaExpress. Look at the two pictures together, you can see the locality is (virtually) the same. https://maps.google. co.uk/maps?q=Glen+Fe rn+road+Bournemouth& amp; amp; ll=50.722071,-1.8715 06&spn=0.001481, 0.00 4128&oe=utf-8&am p;am p;client =firefox&channel =sb& hnear=Glen+Fern+Rd&a mp;a mp;g l=uk&t=m&z=1 9&layer= c&cbll=50.722059 ,-1. 871353&panoid=rq oVI0 MQ4gVNa4CsSGGa9Q& ; ;cbp =12,128.48,,0,0.45[/p][/quote]Except it isn't ... probably! Look through the almost 2000 replies on the Facebook page, you'll see it has been almost 100% ruled out as 192 Old Christchurch Road. The slope of the side-road is much steeper than Glen Fern Road, and the frontage of the higher floors doesn't match either. It's still the closest match to have been identified but there is still quite a lot of doubt that it IS actually the right answer.[/p][/quote]Early pics of 192 OCR show it as not having windows like the 'Westons' building, even early 20s photos are nothing like it ! Torchie2
  • Score: 0

8:13pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

Wintonian wrote:
TheDistrict wrote:
Which is now the PizzaExpress. Look at the two pictures together, you can see the locality is (virtually) the same.

https://maps.google.


co.uk/maps?q=Glen+Fe


rn+road+Bournemouth&
amp;
amp;
ll=50.722071,-1.8715


06&spn=0.001481,

0.00
4128&oe=utf-8&am
p;am
p;client
=firefox&channel

=sb&
hnear=Glen+Fern+Rd&a
mp;a
mp;g
l=uk&t=m&z=1

9&layer=
c&cbll=50.722059

,-1.
871353&panoid=rq

oVI0
MQ4gVNa4CsSGGa9Q&amp
;
;cbp
=12,128.48,,0,0.45
Except it isn't ... probably!

Look through the almost 2000 replies on the Facebook page, you'll see it has been almost 100% ruled out as 192 Old Christchurch Road. The slope of the side-road is much steeper than Glen Fern Road, and the frontage of the higher floors doesn't match either.

It's still the closest match to have been identified but there is still quite a lot of doubt that it IS actually the right answer.
But the wood sliding sash extreme right still prevails and so do the Burden bricks on Glenfern Road elevation The frontage at higher level is of a wood cladding window and protrudes from the brick structure and due either to maintenance cost of rot has been removed.
If is not that location can anyone state another Westons on a corner with gradient falling away on the side road
[quote][p][bold]Wintonian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: Which is now the PizzaExpress. Look at the two pictures together, you can see the locality is (virtually) the same. https://maps.google. co.uk/maps?q=Glen+Fe rn+road+Bournemouth& amp; amp; ll=50.722071,-1.8715 06&spn=0.001481, 0.00 4128&oe=utf-8&am p;am p;client =firefox&channel =sb& hnear=Glen+Fern+Rd&a mp;a mp;g l=uk&t=m&z=1 9&layer= c&cbll=50.722059 ,-1. 871353&panoid=rq oVI0 MQ4gVNa4CsSGGa9Q& ; ;cbp =12,128.48,,0,0.45[/p][/quote]Except it isn't ... probably! Look through the almost 2000 replies on the Facebook page, you'll see it has been almost 100% ruled out as 192 Old Christchurch Road. The slope of the side-road is much steeper than Glen Fern Road, and the frontage of the higher floors doesn't match either. It's still the closest match to have been identified but there is still quite a lot of doubt that it IS actually the right answer.[/p][/quote]But the wood sliding sash extreme right still prevails and so do the Burden bricks on Glenfern Road elevation The frontage at higher level is of a wood cladding window and protrudes from the brick structure and due either to maintenance cost of rot has been removed. If is not that location can anyone state another Westons on a corner with gradient falling away on the side road Lord Spring
  • Score: 0

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