Dorset from above: four fascinating aerial pictures of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch

Bournemouth Echo: Picture: English Heritage www.britainfromabove.org.uk Picture: English Heritage www.britainfromabove.org.uk

FOR the first time we are able to share four stunning historic aerial shots from various locations across Dorset with you.

The pictures are from English Heritage’s Britain from Above website which features some of the oldest and most valuable images in the huge Aerofilms Collection.

The collection contains more than a million images taken between 1919 and 2006, documenting how Britain has changed.

Photographs featuring on the website date from 1919 to 1953, and have gone through a painstaking process of conservation and cataloguing.

Highlights include the first boxing match at Wembley Stadium in 1924; the Thames Flood of 1947 and crowds on the banks of the River Clyde watching the first voyage of the newly-built RMS Queen Mary in 1936.

Photos are copyright of English Heritage.

All these pictures and thousands of others can be viewed more closely at britainfromabove.org.uk, where the images can be searched by location, map or year, plus you can also zoom in for a closer look.

Bournemouth Echo:

Christchurch, the River Stour and the town, Christchurch, 1932

Bournemouth Echo:

The Lansdowne Junction, the Hotel Metropole and the Bournemouth and Poole College, Bournemouth, 1932

Bournemouth Echo:

Bournemouth Station, St Paul's Church and the town centre, Bournemouth, 1933

Bournemouth Echo:

The Sandbanks Chain Ferry, the Haven Hotel and the Haven Ferry Cafe, Sandbanks, 1930

Do you have an old picture of Dorset that you'd like to share with us? email digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk

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11:12am Wed 11 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

At the time the picture was taken, that was Bournemouth Central Station. There was also Bournemouth West Station, which is now just a car park.
At the time the picture was taken, that was Bournemouth Central Station. There was also Bournemouth West Station, which is now just a car park. speedy231278
  • Score: 4

11:50am Wed 11 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

The splendid St. Pauls picture with the Central Station certainly conveys how much terrible damage we did to this part of Bournemouth when we drove Wessex Way right through the middle of it - with the benefit of hindsight a dreadful mistake.
The splendid St. Pauls picture with the Central Station certainly conveys how much terrible damage we did to this part of Bournemouth when we drove Wessex Way right through the middle of it - with the benefit of hindsight a dreadful mistake. muscliffman
  • Score: 11

12:41pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Noel. says...

muscliffman wrote:
The splendid St. Pauls picture with the Central Station certainly conveys how much terrible damage we did to this part of Bournemouth when we drove Wessex Way right through the middle of it - with the benefit of hindsight a dreadful mistake.
"benefit of hindsight" my foot, I was a 10 year old when the stretch of Wessex Way from the old Queens Park Club to Richmond Hill was built. I can still remember my late Mum saying what a disaster it would be before they even started the work.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: The splendid St. Pauls picture with the Central Station certainly conveys how much terrible damage we did to this part of Bournemouth when we drove Wessex Way right through the middle of it - with the benefit of hindsight a dreadful mistake.[/p][/quote]"benefit of hindsight" my foot, I was a 10 year old when the stretch of Wessex Way from the old Queens Park Club to Richmond Hill was built. I can still remember my late Mum saying what a disaster it would be before they even started the work. Noel.
  • Score: 6

2:06pm Wed 11 Jun 14

twynhamob says...

The most eye-catching item in the Lansdowne and Sandbanks pictures is.... the lack of traffic, just how did people get around...
The most eye-catching item in the Lansdowne and Sandbanks pictures is.... the lack of traffic, just how did people get around... twynhamob
  • Score: 2

5:02pm Wed 11 Jun 14

High Treason says...

twynhamob wrote:
The most eye-catching item in the Lansdowne and Sandbanks pictures is.... the lack of traffic, just how did people get around...
Walked, caught a bus or rode a bike.
[quote][p][bold]twynhamob[/bold] wrote: The most eye-catching item in the Lansdowne and Sandbanks pictures is.... the lack of traffic, just how did people get around...[/p][/quote]Walked, caught a bus or rode a bike. High Treason
  • Score: 3

10:45pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Fingersonthem says...

Noel. wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
The splendid St. Pauls picture with the Central Station certainly conveys how much terrible damage we did to this part of Bournemouth when we drove Wessex Way right through the middle of it - with the benefit of hindsight a dreadful mistake.
"benefit of hindsight" my foot, I was a 10 year old when the stretch of Wessex Way from the old Queens Park Club to Richmond Hill was built. I can still remember my late Mum saying what a disaster it would be before they even started the work.
How many years did you stay at ten it took several stages to complete that stretch
[quote][p][bold]Noel.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: The splendid St. Pauls picture with the Central Station certainly conveys how much terrible damage we did to this part of Bournemouth when we drove Wessex Way right through the middle of it - with the benefit of hindsight a dreadful mistake.[/p][/quote]"benefit of hindsight" my foot, I was a 10 year old when the stretch of Wessex Way from the old Queens Park Club to Richmond Hill was built. I can still remember my late Mum saying what a disaster it would be before they even started the work.[/p][/quote]How many years did you stay at ten it took several stages to complete that stretch Fingersonthem
  • Score: -4

9:34am Thu 12 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

Fingersonthem wrote:
Noel. wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
The splendid St. Pauls picture with the Central Station certainly conveys how much terrible damage we did to this part of Bournemouth when we drove Wessex Way right through the middle of it - with the benefit of hindsight a dreadful mistake.
"benefit of hindsight" my foot, I was a 10 year old when the stretch of Wessex Way from the old Queens Park Club to Richmond Hill was built. I can still remember my late Mum saying what a disaster it would be before they even started the work.
How many years did you stay at ten it took several stages to complete that stretch
I don't recall it being constructed in one go.
[quote][p][bold]Fingersonthem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Noel.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: The splendid St. Pauls picture with the Central Station certainly conveys how much terrible damage we did to this part of Bournemouth when we drove Wessex Way right through the middle of it - with the benefit of hindsight a dreadful mistake.[/p][/quote]"benefit of hindsight" my foot, I was a 10 year old when the stretch of Wessex Way from the old Queens Park Club to Richmond Hill was built. I can still remember my late Mum saying what a disaster it would be before they even started the work.[/p][/quote]How many years did you stay at ten it took several stages to complete that stretch[/p][/quote]I don't recall it being constructed in one go. Lord Spring
  • Score: 1

6:45pm Thu 12 Jun 14

GeorgeW64 says...

Riveting.
Riveting. GeorgeW64
  • Score: 0

9:54pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Richard 1976 says...

Obviously as the date with my name implies I can't remember bournemouth without a wessex way, although I do remember a few bits that were not quite finished.. So ok, some folk don't like it where it was built, fair point, but progress is progress and if it hadn't been built how many cars would be using holdenhurst and Christchurch roads and the centre of town.. Although I don't agree with many things that the borough has designed and engineered I think the wessex way was inevitable.
Obviously as the date with my name implies I can't remember bournemouth without a wessex way, although I do remember a few bits that were not quite finished.. So ok, some folk don't like it where it was built, fair point, but progress is progress and if it hadn't been built how many cars would be using holdenhurst and Christchurch roads and the centre of town.. Although I don't agree with many things that the borough has designed and engineered I think the wessex way was inevitable. Richard 1976
  • Score: 0

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