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.
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.
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 (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.
Springbourne Library opened in 1909 and was made possible by its benefactor, Andrew Carnegie, it being one of the many Carnegie libraries, a scheme created by Andrew Carnegie, that involved building 2509 libraries worldwide, 660 of which were built in the UK. 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.
Frederick Abberline was a Chief Inspector for the London Metropolitan Police and was a prominent police figure in the investigation into the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888, died in Springbourne in 1910.
In 2011 Springbourne Gardens a Pocket park was opened alongside Springbourne Library.
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