Only 180 years ago Bournemouth was just
a small fishing village centred around a cleft
in the shoreline from where the little River
Bourne ran into the sea. From small beginnings
as a resort, the arrival of the railway in
1870 gave a huge boost to the number of
visitors and economic growth of the town.
The mild climate and the softness of the air
filtering through the proliferation of pine trees
that had been planted, made it an attractive
destination for holidaymakers from throughout
the country. It is now estimated that over
2 million people visit Bournemouth annually.
Neighbouring Poole lies beside the second
largest natural harbour in the world. Poole
harbour has been inhabited for over 2000
years. In the eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries Poole became very prosperous
due to its maritime trade but it had to wait
until the 1960s for it to regain its real
prosperity. The harbour, being so vast, shallow
and weather protected, has become a
favourite with sailors and wind surfers.
With this history and their superb natural
setting, Bournemouth and Poole offer an
array of enticing views, so fondly remembered
by visitors, so proudly enjoyed by residents.
Through a superb collection of 60 evocative
images acclaimed Dorset photographer
Roger Holman truly captures the spirit of
Bournemouth and Poole.
Roger Holman was born in 1932 near
Wimborne, not far from where he lives
today, and educated at the Queen
Elizabeth Grammar School. On leaving
he joined the family firm, which he
continued to run – apart from time
spent in the RAF on National Service –
until he handed it over to two of his
sons. He discovered photography in his
teens and has been photographing
aspects of his home county ever since.
He is the author of Images of the Dorset
Coast, Images of Dorset Country, Dorset
the Glorious County, A Spirit ofWeymouth
and Portland and co-author of Dorset’s
Most Beautiful Buildings.
Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 1 906887 32 2, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published March 2010.