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Historical interest: Bournemouth

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Bournemouth is a relatively new city compared to the rest of the British Isles, but its location on one of the best beaches in the south has guaranteed a rapid rise to prominence in less than two centuries.
At the beginning of the 19th century the area was occupied by grazing cows and the nearest significant settlement was the historic maritime centre of Poole to the west.

By the 1830s the area became popular with middle class families retiring to the seaside for holidays, and the first developments of a resort town began. By 1840 several villas has been built for rent and a town planner commissioned, resulting in the Bath Hotel and Westover Gardens. In that year the stage coach between Southampton and Weymouth began stopping by.

By 1851 the first shops had appeared in Commercial Road and a brick bridge replaced the wooden one over the Bourne river.
Bournemouth police force was founded in 1856. Local government began in 1856 and the town gained gas street lighting and a piped water supply in 1866. The first jetty appeared in 1870 and it was replaced with the current iron one in 1880.

Visitors to this resort town increased dramatically after the railway reached Bournemouth in 1870. The construction of the Mont Dore hotel in 1885 was another landmark and it was later converted into the town hall. Other additions included the Winter Gardens (1874), Theatre Royal (1882) and Bournemouth Arcade (1872).

With the rapid rise and influx of visitors came disasters too, such as the 1936 typhoid epidemic. During WWII Bournemouth didn't escape the bombing either, resulting in more than 200 fatalities.

Following the war, the social and economic character of the town improved dramatically and as Britain became more prosperous, more and more people headed to the Bournemouth area for summer vacations, further boosting the town's fortunes. Radical town planning decisions resulted in moving the town from the jurisdiction of Hampshire to Dorset in 1972.

In 1992 the University was established from the former Polytechnic college. Another big step forward was the completion of Bournemouth International Centre in 1984 allowing Bournemouth to position itself as a major conference and exhibition destination.

In the mid 1990s Boscombe Cliff Gardens were refurbished. Today Bournemouth continues to keep abreast of changes and has diversified into the service industries, among others.

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Selection of hotels in this region:

Heathlands Hotel

The Suncliff Hotel

Langtry Manor Hotel

Durley Hall Hotel

Menzies Carlton Hotel, Bournemouth

Gresham Court Hotel

Russell Court Hotel

Travelodge Bournemouth

Tralee Hotel

Carrington House Hotel

Wessex Hotel

De Vere Royal Bath

New Durley Dean Hotel

Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel

The Cadogan Hotel

Menzies Anglo Swiss Hotel

Menzies East Cliff Court

Quality Hotel Bournemouth

Hilton Bournemouth

Norfolk Royale Hotel

The Roundhouse Hotel

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