Alderney, Dorset

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Ringwood Road, Alderney
Alderney is located in Dorset
Alderney shown within Dorset
Population 11,196 (1 Ward 11,196)
OS grid reference SZ 047 943
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town POOLE
Postcode district BH12
Dialling code 01202
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
DorsetCoordinates: 50°44′56″N 1°56′02″W / 50.749°N 1.934°W / 50.749; -1.934

Alderney is a suburb and electoral ward in the town of Poole in Dorset, England with a population of 11,196,[1] increasing to 11,423 at the 2011 Census.[2]


The boundaries of Alderney are roughly defined as being all areas north of Herbert Avenue, west of Alder Road (between the junction at Herbert Avenue and the Wallisdown roundabout), south of Wallisdown Road (between Wallisdown and Mountbatten roundabouts) and streets branching off both sides of Ringwood Road (between Mountbatten roundabout and the junction with Herbert Avenue) [3]

This definition is for the ward of Alderney as defined by the borough of Poole in its ward profiling, although some areas are more commonly referred to as other suburbs e.g. the area southwest of Walisdown roundabout is often referred to as Wallisdown (historically Highmore) and the area around the junction of Herbert Avenue and Alder Road is known as Rossmore.


Up until the 1940s, most of the area between Herbert Avenue and Ringwood Road was heathland known as Alderney Heath.[4] After the Second World War there was a great need for housing due to a sharp increase in population. Poole council built many council owned houses in Alderney in the late forties and fifties, mostly semi-detached houses and terraces of four.[5] Later, more housing was added, generally bungalows.

Bourne Valley[edit]

Situated in the middle of Alderney, Bourne Valley is made up of a few different areas of land all joined together to make one large area.

Bourne Valley nature reserve[edit]

Bourne Valley nature reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Situated to the north of Alderney, the area includes the protected lowlands heath, Bourne Bottom. The site is approximately 80 hectares (200 acres), and consists mainly of boggy heath and trees. The area has many paths which connect to various streets. The main path starts at Ringwood road which links to a tunnel under the busy dual carriageway, which provides access to the West part of Alderney and Canford heath. The path lies parallel to the stream and joins Bloxworth road at the other side.

As the name suggests, Bourne Valley is the start of one of the tributaries forming the Bourne Stream which eventually runs into Bournemouth. Three culverts which emerge from under Ringwood Road start the stream, and it is believed they come from Canford Heath, Sembcorp water works, and road run-off. [6]

Bourne Valley Park[edit]

To the south of Evering Avenue is Bourne Valley Park, formerly known as Alderney Recreation ground. The whole area was developed between 2003 and 2007 by the Bourne Stream partnership after the area became a problem: football pitches that were too boggy to be used, antisocial behavior from motorcycle riders, pollution from nearby commercial ventures and rubbish.

The 6.1 hectares (15 acres) open space now consists of wooded areas, heathland, streams, a pond, lots of open grass land, a large adventure park and off-road bike park. [7]

Buildings and landmarks[edit]

Alderney Hospital

Alderney Hospital was built in 1888 for the care of the elderly; it now specialises in dementia and mental health with both in and out patients.

Community services[edit]

Alderney Manor Community Centre

Alderney Manor Community Centre is a social venue which holds classes and events and can be hired out by organisations and members of the public. Whilst the entrance is on Berkeley Avenue, the address is on Herbert Avenue. There is a main hall with access to toilets, a kitchen, lounge/bar area, small upstairs meeting room and carpark; the downstairs is wheelchair accessible. The venue is used as a polling station for local and general elections.[8]


Ward Profiling[edit]

It is Poole's second most densely populated area with 31 people to each hectare (2.5 acres) and suffers much higher than average levels of poverty, illiteracy and crime.[9] However, this does not reflect every part of the ward.

Street names[edit]

Streets near Alderney Avenue have been named after various places in the Channel Islands, including:[10]

  • Alderney Avenue - Alderney is one of the Channel Islands and part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey
  • Jersey Road, Jersey Close - Jersey is one of the Channel Islands
  • Guernsey Road - Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands
  • Herm Road - Herm is one of the Channel Islands and part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey
  • St Helier Road - St Helier is the largest town in Jersey and its capital
  • Gorey Road - Gorey is a village in Jersey
  • Corbiere Avenue - La Corbière is a lighthouse and the south-westernmost point in Jersey
  • St Brelades Avenue - Saint Brélade is a parish in Jersey
  • Firman Road - Fermain valley, a valley in Jersey
  • Plemont Close - Plémont, St Ouen, Jersey


  1. ^ "Key Figures for 2001 Census". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011.Retrieved 6 April 2015". 
  3. ^, Ward Profile. Retrieved 13 May 2015
  4. ^ os map 1st series 1937
  5. ^ os map 7th series 1955
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^ Address 287 Herbert Avenue, Poole BH12 4HT, telephone 01202 740026
  9. ^ "Bourne Valley Park". Bourne Stream. 2008. Archived from the original on 24 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  10. ^

External links[edit]

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