Title: Lesser Known Christchurch
Author: Steve Roberts
Sale Price: £9.99
Publication date: 30 July 2015
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Number of pages: 160 pp
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A contemporary look at Christchurch, highlighting the local people and places that make the town special.
Rather like having your own personal guide, this book offers a close-up view of Christchurch – past and present. Packed with surprising facts and stories, and interviews with local people, it will inspire you to explore the town and show you what many visitors and even residents often miss. With walks suitable for all ages, use it to explore the historic old town, the rivers and Town Quay, the olde-world neighbourhood of Mudeford, and out of the way places in Highcliffe.
Local people ... Which furniture designer left his mark at Red House Museum?
Local interest ... What bygone industries are associated with the town?
Local names ... How did Steamer Point get its name?
Intrigue... Why is there a beautiful but empty chantry in the Priory?
Nature ... Where are the 142 ha of ‘Commons’ to be found?
Literary connections ... What were Samuel Coleridge and Sir Walter Scott doing in Christchurch?
Local history ... How is the famous Bailey Bridge associated with the town?
This book is part of a series of Lesser Known guides published by Roving Press that look at Dorset towns. I was thrilled to be asked to write this particular book, as I live in Christchurch and love the place. What could be better than writing about the town you love? Having said that, I have tried to include the whole borough, as there is more to Christchurch than simply the historic town centre.
Christchurch is a place with many hidden treasures, nuggets of history and things to be discovered. It is a sad truism that we often overlook what is on our doorstep, so this book will appeal to residents who would like to know more about their town, and visitors. As well as descriptions of places, people and events that make Christchurch special, there are contributions from people who live and work here.
There are also six walks to help you explore for yourself.
A Brief History
The Rivers and Town Quay
The Quomps and Mayors Mead
Harbour and Seafront
Gundimore Promenade and Avon Beach
Friars Cliff and Steamer Point
Nature Areas and Gardens
Stanpit and Purewell
Nea Meadows, Hazelmere Copse, Lakewood and Cliffs SSSI
North of Christchurch
St Catherine’s Hill
Other Nature Sites
Druitt Gardens and Flowers
Fish Stall, Mudeford Quay
Farm Shop and Delis
A History of Art and Artists
The Art Scene Today
Some Local Artists
Books and Authors
Dance and Drama
Film and TV
The Regent Centre
Ivo the Clown
Folklore and Strange Happenings
Things that Go ‘Bump’
Stories Connected with the Priory
Family Fun and Other Activities
Youth Centres and Groups
Boating and Ferries
Sport and Leisure
Sailing, Water Sports, Rowing, Fishing, Football, Cricket, Golf and ‘Footgolf’, Bowls, Tennis, Athletics, Swimming, Horse Riding,
Snowtrax, Shooting, Rugby Union,
Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex,
Interesting Buildings and Businesses
Priory House and Vicarages
The Kings Arms
The Railway Station
Castles Home Hardware
Stewarts Garden Centre
Walk 1: Historic Town Centre and Blue Plaques
Walk 2: Stanpit and Purewell
Walk 3: St Catherine’s Hill
Walk 4: Mudeford
Walk 5: Bargates and Royalty Fishery
Walk 6: Highcliffe and Chewton Bunny
Other Walks and Cycling Routes
Outlying Areas of the Borough
Help and Information
Maps, Transport, Christchurch Information Centre, Museums, Christchurch Library, Lifeguards, Other Useful Contacts and Sources of Information, Bibliography
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK – from the chapter ‘Harbour and Seafront'
Friars Cliff and Steamer Point
Further along is Friars Cliff, with its colourful beach huts and own café called the Beach Hut, which opens specially on Christmas morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. A New Year’s Day swim also takes place here to benefit the charity, with members of Christchurch Life Saving Club represented. A lifeguard and first-aid service operates here in summer and the area is designated for water sports. There is also a former coastguard training school building and a cliff-top monument marking the site of a radar development station.
|Continuing on from Friars Cliff is Steamer Point and the grounds of Highcliffe Castle, which can be accessed via a zig-zag path up the cliff. This is a designated sailboarding area and a round of the annual UK national windsurfing championships is held here. Steamer Point Nature Reserve is a short walk from the beach. A sign at Friars Cliff Beach shows the location of the reserve, next to Seaway Avenue car park. Steamer Point takes its name from the steamer SS Arrow that the castle’s owner, Lord Stuart de Rothesay, pulled up the beach to a gap in the cliff in 1830 and used as a site office, then summer house, now long since gone. The steamer reveals its boiler sometimes at low tide.|
Orienteering markers are now scattered throughout Steamer Point Nature Reserve, the beach and Highcliffe Castle, part of the Activate Coast and Countryside project, which gives people the chance to try out a range of different sporting activities. Orienteering packs are available to buy from the Castle gift shop, or you can book on to a 3-hour instructor-led session.
In May 2015 Avon Beach, Friars Cliff Beach and Highcliffe Beach all won Seaside Awards (judged and presented by Keep Britain Tidy) for achieving the highest standards of beach management and meeting water quality guidelines.
WHAT REVIEWERS AND INTERVIEWERS HAVE SAID
‘unbelievably comprehensive ... It is inconceivable to think that there is anything you might want to know about the town, its history and things to do that are not covered in some way by it.’
‘an informative, imaginative and well-researched book about Christchurch. It's a great read and would suit residents and visitors alike, so buy it, read it, and share in the author’s love for a town that sounds well worth visiting.’
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR|
Steve Roberts was born in Worcester in 1957 and brought up and educated in the Vale of Evesham. He completed teacher training in Birmingham, then taught in Brighton, Southend and Uxbridge, before moving to Bournemouth and marrying Val in 1984. He worked in IT for many years, becoming a project manager and Chartered Insurer. He set himself up as a freelance writer, public speaker and private tutor in 2012, and has had non-fiction articles published in around 50 different magazines. Lesser Known Christchurch is his first book.
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Christchurch History Society – http://www.historychristchurch.org/
Christchurch Community Partnership – http://www.christchurchcommunitypartnership.org.uk/
The Priory – http://www.christchurchpriory.org/
Royalty Fishery – http://www.southernfisheries.com/
Bournemouth Boating – http://bournemouthboating.co.uk/
Mudeford Ferry – http://www.mudefordferry.co.uk/
Red House Museum – http://www3.hants.gov.uk/redhouse
Highcliffe Castle – http://www.highcliffecastle.co.uk/
The Kings Arms – http://www.thekings-christchurch.co.uk/
Regent Centre – http://www.regentcentre.co.uk/
CADArts – http://www.cadarts.co.uk
Christchurch Arts Guild – http://www.christchurchartsguild.org/news/featured-painting/
The blue plaques of Christchurch – http://openplaques.org/series/28
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