The beautiful seaside town of Bournemouth.

June 8, 2020 12:37 pm


Nestle on the wonderful Dorset coast, Bournemouth is a real jewel in the crown of the south coast. A traditional British holiday spot it can trace its history right back as far as the 12 century when it was recorded as being a wasteland and then “Devoid of all habitation” in 1795. This belief was not to last. In 1932 archaeological evidence found lots of Stone, Bronze and Iron age settlements. Into the eighteen hundreds the area was heavily defended in case of Napoleonic invasion. However when the danger passed it was Lewis Tregonwell, a retired army officer who knew area well, and his wife who moved into the area. Tregonwell had an idea.

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Tregonwell had read that taking the sea air and bathing in it was considered to be a healthy pastime and the gentry were keen to take the waters. He had five villas built on his land and began to advertise their availability. He, with his friend George Tapps planted hundreds of pines as it was thought that the sea’s air and trees would combat tuberculosis.

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After the deaths of Tapps and Tregonwell a community and fledgling service industry had sprung up. This would expand greatly over the two centuries to the Bournemouth we know today. So much so that you’ll need a Coach Hire Bournemouth company like to see it all.