WE asked members of local nostalgia Facebook group We grew up in Bournemouth and Poole which lost landmarks they miss the most.

Members were keen to let others know exactly which building from Bournemouth's past they have a particular fondness for.

Below are 11 landmarks members would love to be able to expereince once again:


1. Tucktonia

Bournemouth Echo:

If you were a child of the 1970s, you could hardly have missed the launch of Tucktonia.

The model village contained more than 200 models of a host of famous British locales, from Stonehenge to the Houses of Parliament, and from rural pubs to Tower Bridge.

It was opened in May, 1976, by screen and stage favourite Arthur Askey.

In the 1980s, it changed hands several times, and in 1985, plans were approved for a £10million housing and leisure complex at the site.

In October 1986 the amusement park closed for the last time.


2. The Shell House

Bournemouth Echo:

The Shell House at 137 Southbourne Overcliff Drive, Southbourne took shape 72 years ago.

The creator, George Howard, worked to create a decorative garden from shells, rocks and broken pottery.

George made no money from visitors but raised many thousands of pounds for charity.

From the 1980s, the garden was regularly vandalised and was demolished in February 2001 as a result.

The house itself remained with patches of shells surviving until 2003 when it was bulldozed to make way for a block of flats.


3. Hants and Dorset Bus Station

Bournemouth Echo:

The grand Portland stone building opened in 1931, easing congestion in the town centre and providing proper facilities for the many passengers who had been catching buses and coaches in Bournemouth Square.

It took 14 months to build and around 30,000 people came to see the station when it was made available for inspection on March 7, 1931.

But with the Hants & Dorset bus company expanding rapidly, facilities were stretched before long, and in 1937 the station expanded into an area of land to its south.

A major modernisation was completed in 1958, with the previous roof demolished and two more storeys added above to allow facilities such as offices and a cafe with a panoramic view of the Lower Gardens.

The large building dominated the Exeter Road end of town until it closed in 1981 – and its outline is reflected in the BH2 leisure complex which stands on its site today.


4. Westover Ice Rink

Bournemouth Echo:

The rink was built in 1930, above the showroom of Westover Motors.

In 1991, the rink’s owners said it had become unviable.

Despite petitions, protests and a deputation to Bournemouth council, the rink closed.

The premises lay empty for 25 years before being turned into a gym.


5. Winter Gardens

Bournemouth Echo: The new look  Winter Gardens were the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra played for the first time on the 18th October 1947

Constructed in 1875, Bournemouth Winter Gardens first opened as an exhibition centre but reopened in 1893 as a classical music venue.

The building was demolished and replaced prior to the Second World War and became a rock music venue in the 1960s.

Many big names performed there including Jimi Hendrix, T Rex, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Queen.

As bands began to prefer larger venues the Winter Gardens struggled and finally closed in 2002.

The building was demolished in 2006 and the site is now used as a car park.


6. Waterfront / IMAX

Bournemouth Echo:

This was certainly a landmark building – but for all the wrong reasons.

Bournemouth’s most derided building was officially called the Waterfront and contained a host of leisure businesses.

The Waterfront building went up in the winter of 1998-99 – but as soon as its steel skeleton took shape, the complaints began coming in.

The objectors voiced outrage that the view of Poole Bay, as seen from a car heading down Bath Hill towards the Pier Approach, had been blocked.

All businesses had left the building by 2010 and when it finally came down in 2013, it gave way to an outdoor performance area.


7. Pier Approach Swimming Baths

Bournemouth Echo:

Before the IMAX came Bournemouth’s Pier Approach which provided not only a swimming pool but a place of entertainment.

It was 83 years ago – on March 23, 1937 – that the town opened its new swimming baths.

Bournemouth’s first baths had been built on the same site in 1838.

They were replaced by another building in 1887, constructed to mark Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee.

The baths closed in 1984 to make way for a new Waterfront leisure complex.


8. BIC Swimming Pool

Bournemouth Echo:

It was September 6, 1984 when the BIC officially opened, containing two conference halls and a pool.

Despite a petition from the public, the swimming pool was closed in 2004 to make way for extra exhibition space.

For the first time since the mid-Victorian era, the general public would have no indoor swimming attraction in the town centre.


9. Roundabout at Bournemouth Square

Bournemouth Echo:

A tram shelter was built at the centre of Bournemouth Square in 1925 with a clock on the top, given by Captain HB Norton, a magistrate and former Councillor.

The Square was later made into a large roundabout with the clock relocated into a clock tower at the roundabout's centre.

The roundabout was removed in October 1992 and since 2000 the square has been almost totally pedestrianised.


10. Regent Theatre / Gaumont / Odeon

Bournemouth Echo:

Provincial Cinematograph Theatres Ltd opened the Regent Theatre, Bournemouth's first luxury cinema, on May 13, 1929.

The Regent was renamed the Gaumont in 1949.

In November 1968 the Gaumont closed.

After eight months it reopened as two new cinemas and many years later, in October 1986, changed name to the Odeon.


11. Jumpin Jaks

Bournemouth Echo:

Not really a landmark – but clearly much loved by the Facebook group.

Jumpin Jaks, opened in the Waterfront complex in 1999 and closed ten years later in 2009.

The Waterfront complex was demolished in 2013 to make way for an outdoor performance area.