Christchurch Harbour

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.

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

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River Stour, Dorset

61 mi river which flows through Wiltshire and Dorset in southern England, and drains into the English Channel.

At Wimborne Minster it is joined by the River Allen, and at its estuary at Christchurch it is joined by the River Avon before it flows through the harbour into the English Channel.

Hengistbury Head

Headland jutting into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Mudeford in the English county of Dorset.

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.
"Double Dykes", Hengistbury Head
Old Ironstone Quarry, Hengistbury Head
Warren Hill as seen from the beach, 2008
Gabions at Hengistbury Head
The natterjack toad (Bufo calamita), the UK's rarest amphibian
The green hairstreak, Callophrys rubi

Declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1990, the head and its surroundings form part of the Christchurch Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest.


Mudeford Ferry April 2008
Mudeford Quay, 1832
The Dutch Cottages, formerly the Haven House, on Mudeford Quay

Mudeford is a harbourside and beachside parish based on a former fishing village in the east of Christchurch, Dorset, England (historically in Hampshire), fronting water on two sides: Christchurch Harbour and the sands of Avon Beach.

River Avon, Hampshire

The start of the lower half, near Fordingbridge
The 17th-century navigation channel near Britford is still in water
Longford Castle overlooks the river
Hale Park
Breamore House

The River Avon is in the south of England, rising in Wiltshire, flowing through that county's city of Salisbury and then west Hampshire, before reaching the English Channel through Christchurch Harbour in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole conurbation of Dorset.

Christchurch, Dorset

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

Founded in the seventh century at the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour which flow into Christchurch Harbour, the town was originally named Twynham but became known as Christchurch following the construction of the priory in 1094.


Coastal resort town in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council area of Dorset, England.

Welcome to Bournemouth, England's Coastal Garden
Section of a 1759 map of Hampshire by Isaac Taylor, showing the Manor of Christchurch and the area around the Bourne chine
Photochrom of Invalids' Walk, 1890s
A view of Bournemouth showing the temporary wooden jetty that was replaced by an iron pier in 1880.
Photochrom of the entrance to the pier, 1890s
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.

The River Stour forms a natural boundary to the north and east, terminating at Christchurch Harbour; while the River Bourne rises in Poole and flows through the middle of Bournemouth town centre, into the English Channel.


County in South West England on the English Channel coast.

Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646
Geological map of Dorset
Durdle Door, a natural arch near Lulworth Cove
The beach near Bournemouth Pier. Dorset's coastline is a major attraction for tourists.
The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester
Traction engines on display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair
Thomas Hardy
Sherborne Abbey

The River Avon, which flows mainly through Wiltshire and Hampshire, enters Dorset towards the end of its journey at Christchurch Harbour.

Wick, Bournemouth

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).

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

Southbourne, Dorset

Suburb of Bournemouth in Dorset, England.

Around 1766, for instance, Edmund Bott had built a Georgian mansion to the east of Pokesdown village, commanding views of Christchurch Harbour; he named it Stourfield House.


Village in the historic county of Hampshire and the ceremonial county of Dorset, England.

Bailey bridge over Mother Sillars Channel at Stanpit Marsh
The Ship In Distress

It was formed as the result of action and deposition of material from the rivers Stour and Avon as they meet with the salt water within Christchurch Harbour.