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History of Bournemouth and its neighbourhood for the period 1836-1856.

Victorian Bournemouth (89)
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Local servants at early Victorian Bournemouth

Introduction Local servants, from Poole, Christchurch, and the Greater Westover villages, worked at different domestic duties in the early Victorian Bournemouth local economy. Servants found in the larger vacation villas appear to have accompanied their employers. People local to the area, however, appear to have provided service to retailers, professionals, some lodging-houses, and the hotels. […]

Victorian Bournemouth (89)
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Servants’ fortunes varied after a Bournemouth stint

Introduction Servants’ fortunes varied after their working stint at Bournemouth (1851), where data can track them. For some, record linkage enables partial reconstruction of their later life-stages. This analysis studies the later lives of found servants working in the row of sixteen holiday buildings known as Westover Villas. It explores how people comprising this important […]

Education in early Bournemouth and the hamlets
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Education in early Bournemouth and the hamlets

Introduction Education in Bournemouth and the neighbouring hamlets, during the early period, took different forms, reflecting social variation across the area. Reverend A. M. Bennett applied his organisational talents and drive to establishing National Schools in both town and country. Towards the end of this period, however, some private schools and colleges appeared. Genealogical exploration […]

Victorian Bournemouth (93): grocers
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Rural shopkeepers near early Bournemouth

Introduction Rural shopkeepers trading in Victorian Bournemouth’s hinterland appear to have chosen different survival strategies as the resort town grew bigger. They may have competed with the town’s suppliers for a while, but their opportunity disappeared longer term. In the early Victorian period, their numbers remained level, perhaps sustained in part by the burgeoning resort. […]

Victorian Bournemouth (164)
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Auction advertisements as cultural indicators

Introduction Auction advertisements for house contents, published in local newspapers, provide glimpses into the lifestyle enjoyed by early Victorian Bournemouth’s affluent residents. Analysis suggests that the resort’s early retail trade included affluent as well as middling people. Research method A common historical process Using artefacts to learn about lifestyles and social positions characterises most historical […]

The Sanatorium: early Victorian Bournemouth’s prize
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The Sanatorium: early Victorian Bournemouth’s prize

Introduction The Sanatorium, opened in 1855, represented a watershed in early Victorian Bournemouth’s positive national reputation. Once mooted, the project engaged the attention and efforts of the great and good, both local and in London. The Sanatorium arrives in Bournemouth Main steps London’s Royal Brompton Hospital decided to establish a branch sanatorium at a south-coast […]

Lectures at early Victorian Bournemouth
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Lectures at early Victorian Bournemouth

Introduction Lectures provided a means for delivering information across many audience types at early Victorian Bournemouth. For the most part, lecturers instructed or educated but they often introduced entertainment and interest by using visual material. Some used lecturing as ways to educate working people in a controlled context, while keeping them from the tavern. Subjects […]

Textile workers in early Victorian Bournemouth
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Textile workers in early Victorian Bournemouth

Introduction Textile workers reached and left early Victorian Bournemouth, but, by the period’s end, established firms had got their start. The category covered tailors, drapers, a milliner, a furrier as well as many dressmakers. Their comings and goings, but also the beginnings of established firms, perhaps illustrates economic trends during the resort’s early period. Fluidity […]

Victorian Bournemouth (82): Hengist Lodge (2)
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Hengist moves to Bournemouth

Introduction Hengist, a Masonic lodge established in Christchurch, moved to Bournemouth in 1851. Analysis of its early members provides insight into the resort’s early economy. The transfer marked an important stage in Bournemouth’s development, not least for the town’s relationship with Christchurch. Hengist Background and arrival The surviving list of Warden Masters suggests that Christchurch […]