Bournemouth Square has a long history, dating back to the early 19th century. At that time, it was a small crossroads with a cottage near the Bourne Stream.

In the early 19th century, the town began to be developed as a seaside resort, and the square became a focal point.

In the 1830s, Bournemouth Gardens were laid out, and the square was enlarged and redesigned. A tram shelter was built in the centre of the square in 1925, with a clock on the top.

Bournemouth Echo: Bournemouth Square in the 1870s.Bournemouth Square in the 1870s.

With the rise of the car, the Square became a circle with a roundabout built in its centre and the clock installed on the top of a distinctive new tower surrounded by flower beds.

The roundabout was removed in 1992, and the area has been almost totally pedestrianised since.

Bournemouth Echo: Bournemouth Square as feaatured in an undated postcard.Bournemouth Square as feaatured in an undated postcard.

These fantastic pictures show Bournemouth Square as it once was.