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Hengistbury Head in 1916, still an excellent walk and view over to the Isle of Wight, being 140 feet above sea level at its highest.
Composed of Bracklesham sands with ironstone underneath, the head is part of a bed which once extended across the harbour to Highcliff and beyond. The Iron Age people and the Romans mined the ironstone.
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Tuckton Bridge 1916. A contemporary account has:
The ascent of the Stour from above Tuckton Bridge is fraught with interest of another kind, lush meadows rich in wild flowers and haunted by birds of a great variety, but of a different type from those nearer the sea, replacing marsh and swamp. Every few strokes of the oar, as the intricate windings of the rapid stream are followed, reveals a new scene of beauty,the romantic charm culminating at the ancient bridge at Iford, through which the water rushes with such force, as to render steering a most difficult operation.
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Knapp Mill, near Christchurch, in 1916. It lies on the River Avon about a mile upstream of the confluence of the Avon and Stour at Christchurch. The manor house long since disappeared, an earlier mill building burned down in 1760 and a more recent one at the end of the nineteenth century prior to the painting of this picture.
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Mudeford in 1916. A contemporary account gives:
..the beautiful coast village of Mudeford, which at one time seemed destined to become a fashionable seaside resort. In the early nineteenth century it boasted of three bathing machines, rendered famous by the fact that in 1803, when George III paid a visit to the neighbourhood, they were laid on the sands in a row to enable his majesty to walk dry-shod to the Royal Yacht Charlotte, a guard of honour having been drawn up on the beach made up of a detachment of Scots Greys, the local Yeomanry and a detachment of the Loyal Volunteer Christchurch Artillery, who fired three volleys in salute, which were echoed by the cannon on the Isle of Wight.
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Christchurch 1916
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Christchurch 1916
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Christchurch 1916
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Westcliff, Bournemouth, in 1916. There might have been little habitation of this area until about 1800, but there was considerable industrial activity based around the mineral deposits in the chines - Allom Chine became Alum chine.
The horizon is the Purbeck hills at Studland round towards Swanage.
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Queen's Park, Bournemouth, 1916
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Branksome 1916. Many will recognise this view of a beach which still provides good swimming. The fisherman's hut is now replaced by a beach shop and public toilet. Spot 'The Needles' in the background.
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Poole harbour, 1916, the quay. Now tiresomely over-developed.
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Hamworthy in 1916