View from Warren Hill overlooking Mudeford Spit
Hengistbury Head as shown in Isaac Taylor's Map of Hampshire, 1759. After the counties were redesignated in 1974, the site has been considered part of Dorset. The isolated building near the centre of the image (labelled "Summer House") is the thatched barn still at the head. The barn forms part of the new visitor centre.
Welcome to Bournemouth, England's Coastal Garden
"Double Dykes", Hengistbury Head
Old Ironstone Quarry, Hengistbury Head
Section of a 1759 map of Hampshire by Isaac Taylor, showing the Manor of Christchurch and the area around the Bourne chine
Warren Hill as seen from the beach, 2008
Photochrom of Invalids' Walk, 1890s
Gabions at Hengistbury Head
A view of Bournemouth showing the temporary wooden jetty that was replaced by an iron pier in 1880.
The natterjack toad (Bufo calamita), the UK's rarest amphibian
Photochrom of the entrance to the pier, 1890s
The green hairstreak, Callophrys rubi
The Waterfront Cinema and Leisure Complex (now demolished)
Bournemouth Town Hall was built in the Victorian period, originally serving as a hotel for visitors to the town.
Bournemouth Beach and Boscombe Pier
Financial services are crucial to the town's economy and Unisys was a major employer in the industry.
Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is a national conference and music venue in the town.
Bournemouth Pier including the Pier Theatre
Shops and apartments in the centre of Bournemouth
The grave of writer Mary Shelley and her parents, including Mary Wollstonecraft, in St. Peter's Church, Bournemouth
Bournemouth Christmas Market in 2019
St Peter's Church, completed in 1879
The Grade II listed entrance to Boscombe Pier
Bournemouth railway station, built in 1885, with a replica Victorian iron and glass roof
Bournemouth and Poole College Lansdowne Campus
St Stephen's Church, Bournemouth, built in 1898
The Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation
A blue plaque marking the birthplace of Hubert Parry at 2, Richmond Terrace, Bournemouth
Blue Plaque on the Wall of St Peter's Churchyard commemorating the resting place of members of the Shelley family.

Hengistbury Head, formerly also called Christchurch Head, is a headland jutting into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Mudeford in the English county of Dorset.

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Hengistbury Head, added to the borough in 1932, was the site of a much older Palaeolithic encampment.

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Christchurch, Dorset

Town and civil parish in Dorset on the south coast of England.

Town and civil parish in Dorset on the south coast of England.

Christchurch Castle ruins
Hart's Fusee Factory, built in 1845. The manufacture of fusee chains was an important industry in 19th-century Christchurch.
A P-47 Thunderbolt of the 405th Fighter Wing at RAF Christchurch, 1944
Christchurch Civic Offices
Christchurch Harbour with the Clay Pool (bottom right) where the rivers Avon and Stour converge. Stanpit Marsh (centre left), Wick (centre right) and Hengistbury Head (top right). The thin line of beach huts at the top left reveals the position of Mudeford Spit with the Isle of Wight on the horizon.
Monday market, Christchurch High Street.
The Mayor's Parlour and Saxon Square
The Constable's House, a Grade I listed Norman dwelling
Christchurch Priory dates from the 11th century
Place Mill
Christchurch railway station
Christchurch Library
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister between 1762–63, owned a mansion house in Christchurch

It adjoins Bournemouth to the west, with the New Forest to the east.

As part of his plans to improve trade in the town, he attempted to resolve the problems with the harbour entrance by cutting a new one through the sandspit at the foot of Hengistbury Head.

Christchurch Harbour

Natural harbour in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England named after the nearby town of Christchurch.

Natural harbour in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England named after the nearby town of Christchurch.

Christchurch Priory from Wick, across the River Stour
Christchurch from Hengistbury Head, across the harbour
Sand bar and outlet of Christchurch Harbour
Detail of outlet of Christchurch Harbour
Sand bar at end of Christchurch Harbour, viewed from Hengistbury Head
Sand bar at end of Christchurch Harbour, viewed from Hengistbury Head
The Quarry Pool, Hengistbury Head
South-eastern cliff of Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head, cliff face on western end of Warren Hill.

To the west side of the harbour are Wick Fields, the southern flank of the harbour being bounded by Hengistbury Head, a prominent coastal headland.

This is also the boundary between Bournemouth and Christchurch.

Wick House, 78-84 Wick Lane

Wick, Bournemouth

Village on the south bank of the River Stour in Dorset, England, just short of the Stour's entry into Christchurch Harbour.

Village on the south bank of the River Stour in Dorset, England, just short of the Stour's entry into Christchurch Harbour.

Wick House, 78-84 Wick Lane
Wick Ferry terminal, 1900
Ferryman at Wick, postmarked 18 February 1913. The ferryman is probably John O'Brien (c. 1847-1929).

The village is mentioned in the ministers' accounts for the Manor of Christchurch in 1301, at which point the king (as Lord of the Manor) could claim the second-best sheep from every customary fold in Wick (there being at that time six folds), while the tenants in return were allowed pasture in the "demesne arable land" outside the ditch of Hengistbury.

This, incidentally, is the earliest known reference to Bournemouth as a toponym.

Southbourne, Dorset

Southbourne is a suburb of Bournemouth in Dorset, England.

On 11 July 1910, Britain’s first international aviation meeting was held on a specially laid out aerodrome consisting of a mile of grassland between Tuckton and the "Double Dykes" near Hengistbury Head.

Danebury Fort – aerial image

Hampshire

County in South East England on the coast of the English Channel.

County in South East England on the coast of the English Channel.

Danebury Fort – aerial image
Plaque on Freemantle Common marking the route of the Roman Road from Chichester to Bitterne
Portchester combined Roman and Norman castles
Portsmouth historic dockyard, 2005
South West Hampshire & South East Dorset green belt (shown in green)
New Forest Pony in Burley
Winchester Cathedral
Hampshire County Council offices and Jubilee Fountain
Eastleigh railway works
Southampton Docks
The M3 near Basingstoke
County flag of Hampshire
Milestones Museum, Basingstoke
Ageas Bowl cricket ground, West End, 2010
Fratton Park football ground, Portsmouth, from Milton End, 2006
Former Hampshire Chronicle office in Winchester, circa 1999

Historically part of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight was made a separate ceremonial county and the towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch were administered as part of the ceremonial county of Dorset.

Notable sites from this period include Hengistbury Head (now in Dorset), which was a major port.

Poole Bay

Poole Bay is a bay in the English Channel, on the coast of Dorset in southern England, which stretches 16km from Sandbanks at the mouth of Poole Harbour in the west, to Hengistbury Head in the east.

The coast along the bay is continuously built up, and is part of the South East Dorset conurbation, including parts of the towns of Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch.