30 May 2006


Christchurch was an altogether much happier place than Boscombe, due it being characterful and more friendly. It is still located within the large urban sprawl that is Bournemouth, however.

Main attractions were New Look and Dorothy Perkins... [no this is MY blog!].

Main attractions were the Priory and Castle. Christchurch was originally called Tyneham, but became known as Christchurch because of the miraculous intervention of Christ himself in the building of the priory. At least according to this legend. Either way the church is a quite remarkable collection of early architectural forms with nice round arches and chevrons and all sorts of things that the polite church builders of the 13th century onwards frowned upon...

View of the priory church tower from the ruins of the motte and bailey castle.

Detail of arches and fish scale pattern.

Interior view (yes I did pay for a permit!)

Ruins of the 11th century Constable's House, genteel sports adjacent.

Place Mill, still with machinery intact.

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