Springbourne

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Springbourne
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Springbourne, Holdenhurst Road
Springbourne is located in Dorset
Springbourne
Springbourne
 Springbourne shown within Dorset
OS grid reference SZ105924
Unitary authority Bournemouth
Ceremonial county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BOURNEMOUTH
Postcode district BH1 4 and BH8 8
Dialling code 01202
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Bournemouth East
List of places
UK
England
Dorset

Coordinates: 50°44′N 1°51′W / 50.73°N 1.85°W / 50.73; -1.85

Springbourne is a suburb of Bournemouth. It occupies the north-east part of the main built-up area, north of Boscombe. Its formal boundaries are Northcote Road to the west, the Wessex Way (A338) to the north, Ashley Road to the East and the railway line to the south.

Its main road, Holdenhurst Road, was formerly the A338, the main road into Bournemouth from the north and north-east. It has now been bypassed, but it is still one of the main shopping streets and bus routes of Bournemouth.

History[edit]

The original suburb of Springbourne covered 93 acres (380,000 m2) and at one time was known as Boscombe Heath. The area gets its name from an old spring that came from near the Windham Road end of Spring Road. The stream then wandered underground to Boscombe Chine and out to sea.[1]

Springbourne began its life as a village providing many of the craftsmen the artisans who worked in the growing town of Bournemouth many of the Cottages they lived in built in the Victorian era can still be seen today near Holdenhurst Road Later came the Avenues of Edwardian Houses many named after Presidents and Statesmen of the United States

The Cricketers

The Cricketers (1867) Arms in Windham Road has the accolade of being the oldest pub in Bournemouth. Originally known as the Cricketers Hotel, named after the cricket ground that once existed on land opposite, on the council works beyond where the railway line now runs.

The original stables and coach house is still there and heritage experts reckon the front of the pub was extended a short distance around 1910. The stained glass windows and the bar are thought to date from the same time and, according to stories handed down by regulars, the bar was taken from a cruise ship.

Bournemouth-born boxing world champion Freddie Mills lived in nearby Spring Road and used to drink in the Cricketers.[2]

Springbourne Library

Springbourne Library opened in 1909 and was only made possible by its benefactor, Andrew Carnegie, it being 1 of the many Carnegie library's, a scheme created by Andrew Carnegie, that involved building 2509 libraries worldwide, 660 of which were built in the UK, Springbourne Library being 1 of them. Andrew Carnegie started this scheme as a Philanthropist, after retiring from business and selling his steel enterprises to Mr J. P. Morgan for $6 billion. In 2011 Springbourne Gardens was opened alongside the Library a small Public Pocket Park

References[edit]

  1. ^ BH Life (– Scholar search) (March 2007 ed.), Bournemouth: Bournemouth Borough Council, 2007 [dead link]
  2. ^ "Daily Echo". Daily Echo. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Springbourne at Wikimedia Commons