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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien 1982-1973 author and scholar stayed here regularly from the 1950's until 1972

Hotel Miramar, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Bournemouth Arcade 1866 Built by Henry Joy Originally as two rows of shops The glazed arcade roof was added in 1872

Bournemouth Arcade, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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1891 The Granville Chambers built as a Temperance Hotel by architects Lawson & Donkin 1900-1930 Granville Hotel. 1930 used as offices 1985 refurbished.

Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Walton House Built in 1861 - 62, by the newsagent William Henry Smith, as his retirement home and named after his father Henry Walton Smith. W. H. Smith lived here until his death in 1865.

56-58 Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Langtry Manor Hotel Built 1877 as the Red House for the socialite, beauty and actress Lillie Langtry "The Jersey Lilly" (1853-1929) Edward Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) provided this residence to which he was a frequent visitor

Derby Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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'Estcourt' - 195 Holdenhurst Road. The final home of Inspector Frederick George Abberline 1843-1929. During his 29 years with the Metropolitan Police Abberline gained 84 commendations and awards and became well-known for his work on the case of Jack-The-Ripper

195 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Town Hall Buildings 1875 Sir George Tapps built the thatched "Ashley Cottages" here in 1812. In 1875 Bournemouth's first Town Hall was built on this site. The civic offices, which later became the Criterion Hotel, survive at the front, but with an 1898 facade. The hall was converted into an arcade in 1886 and refurbished in 1962 and 1991.

43 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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"2 Westbourne Terrace" former St. Aloysius School. Paul Marie-Varlaine 1844-1896 the French symbolist poet, after two 'dolorous' years in Belgium and France and a year teaching happily in Lincolnshire, taught French and Latin here 1876-1877 and worshipped at the Sacred Heart in Bournemouth

Cadogan Hotel, 8 Poole Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Quakers. Bournemouth's original Quaker meeting house stood on part of this site for 82 years before being given to Marks & Spencer in 1964 in exchange for the present Quaker meeting house in Wharcliffe Road, Boscombe

Marks & Spencers, Avenue Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Bournemouth Post Office opened 1896. Bournemouth's first post office opened in 1839 at the Tregonwell Arms. After several relocations the office transferred to"Beckford Place" (re-named "Post Office Road" C. 1900).

Post Office Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Town Hall. Built 1881-85 as Hotel Mont Dore. Used during the First World War as a military hospital. Converted in 1921 to Town Hall. Architect - Alfred Bedborough

(inside) Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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The improved Terrace Road was officially declared open by the chairman of the Highways and Works Sub Committee on 29th April 1996 and this mosaic sponsored by Tarmac Construction Ltd represents a design by the artist Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) who lived for some time in "Muriel", the house which formerly occupied this corner site

Exeter Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Site of 1857 Iron "Scotch" Church. Rebuilt in stone 1872. Present "Central Chambers" built as three shops with club above, by architects Lawson & Donkin, 1888. Then Mansion Hotel, Empress Hotel and ground floor Cadena Cafe. 1920 became National Provincial Bank. National Westminster Bank 1971.

NatWest Bank, 1-3 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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175 Capstone Road home of Cecil Reginald Noble VC Corporal 2nd Batallion Rifle Brigade born here 1891, enlisted 1910 fatally wounded at Neuve Chappelle 12th March 1915 posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery in clearing barbed wire under severe fire allowing his batallion to advance

175 Capstone Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Stourfield House 1766. These steps and the portico above, built in 1766 by Edmond Bott, were part of Stourfield House, later home to Mary Bowes - the philanthropic Countess of Strathmore and ancestor of the present Queen. Extended in 1898 the building became a hospital until its demolition in 1991. This replacement building was completed in 1993.

Stourfield House, Douglas Mews, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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1840-1850 built as 2 large villas. 1870 Stewart's Hotel. 1903 enlarged with cast-iron verandah. 1910 Norfolk Hotel. Enlarged to "Norfolk Royale" 1988

Norfolk Hotel, 48 Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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1838 "Bath Hotel". Bournemouth's first hotel built built for Sir George Gervis, architect Benjamin Ferrey. 1880 enlarged as "Royal Bath Hotel" by Sir Merton Russell-Cotes

Royal Bath Hotel, Bath Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Freddie Mills 1919-1965 World Light Heavy Weight Boxing Champion was born at no7 Terrace Road - since demolished - and attended St, Michael's School. He trained in his converted garden shed and started boxing professionally at Bournemouth in 1936. He defeated Gus Lesnevich to win the world title on 26th June 1948

Saint Michael’s School, Somerville Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Court Royal formerly "Madeira Hotel". Notable guest Guglielmo Marconi built 100 foot experimental aerial mast here and received the world's first paid radio message from Lord Kelvin on the Isle of Wight on the 3rd June 1898. Since 1947, Court Royal, has been a convalescent home for South Wales miners.

Court Royal, South Cliff Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Bournemouth Centenary 1890-1990. This pergola has been created by the re-use of a Victorian cast-iron verandah rescued from demolition during the construction of the "Sovereign Centre" in Boscombe. Borough of Bournemouth.

Colonnade pergola, Upper Gardens, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Bournemouth's Tourist Information Centre opened by Lord Strathclyde, Minister for Tourism, 5th March 1990. Mayor, Cllr Harry Bostock. Borough of Bournemouth. To commemorate the original Information Bureau provided and operated by the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade, 1928-1948. Borough of Bournemouth.

Tourist Information Centre, Westover Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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2 Edgehill Road. From 1909 to 1915 home to writer Flora Thompson 1876-1947 Author of Lark Rise to Candleford. The nearby Winton Library fostered her writing career which began with award-winning essays written here in 1911

Edgehill Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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39 Capstone Road (since demolished). Home of Frederick Charles Riggs VC MM Sergeant 6th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment born Sittingbourne 1888, enlisted 1914, killed in action near Epinoy 1918, posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery and resisting with his men to the last.

Capstone Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom