Lewis Tregonwell

A statue of Tregonwell in the town of Bournemouth which he founded.

Captain in the Dorset Yeomanry and a historic figure in the early development of what is now Bournemouth.

- Lewis Tregonwell
A statue of Tregonwell in the town of Bournemouth which he founded.

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Bournemouth

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

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.

Before it was founded in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell, the area was a deserted heathland occasionally visited by fishermen and smugglers.

Hinton Admiral House, Christchurch

George Tapps

British landowner and developer involved in the founding of Bournemouth.

British landowner and developer involved in the founding of Bournemouth.

Hinton Admiral House, Christchurch

In 1810 Tapps sold 8.5 acre on the west bank of the Bourne Stream to Lewis Tregonwell for £179 11s.

St Peter's Church, Bournemouth

Church of England parish church located in the centre of Bournemouth, Dorset, England.

Church of England parish church located in the centre of Bournemouth, Dorset, England.

Vicars of St Peter's Church
The choristers singing during a filming session in 2017
The organ facade from the north transept
The organ console
Some of the Swell pipework in the organ
Three of the bells in the tower
The Sanctus bell, hung in the tower for chiming
Blue plaque for Mary Shelley
The Shelley tomb
The chancel
The Keble Chapel
The Chapel of the Resurrection
The town centre from the tower
The tower and spire
The north aisle
The nave roof and west transepts
The baptistry and south aisle

Lewis Tregonwell, founder of Bournemouth. In 1810, Tregonwell bought land from the Lord of the Manor of Christchurch and built a house next to the mouth of the River Bourne (which runs through the lower gardens today). His house was called The Mansion, and is now part of the Royal Exeter Hotel.

Mayor of Bournemouth

In the county of Hampshire:

In the county of Hampshire:

Lewis Tregonwell, the founder of the town

Oldest Dwelling in Bournemouth, a Cob barn thought to be over 500 years old

History of Bournemouth

The History of Bournemouth and human settlement in the surrounding area goes back for thousands of years.

The History of Bournemouth and human settlement in the surrounding area goes back for thousands of years.

Oldest Dwelling in Bournemouth, a Cob barn thought to be over 500 years old
The Square in Bournemouth with a tram c1910.
The Bournemouth War Memorial, built in 1921, located in the central gardens.
Pier approach, 1890s
The rebuilt Methodist Church on Exeter Road.

When retired army officer Lewis Tregonwell visited in 1810, he found only a bridge crossing a small stream at the head of an unspoilt valley (or 'chine') that led out into Poole Bay.

The Constable's House and Priory; seen from the Town Bridge.

History of Christchurch, Dorset

Town, civil parish and former borough in the county of Dorset on the English Channel coast, adjoining Bournemouth in the west, with the New Forest to the east.

Town, civil parish and former borough in the county of Dorset on the English Channel coast, adjoining Bournemouth in the west, with the New Forest to the east.

The Constable's House and Priory; seen from the Town Bridge.
Part of the old Saxon town wall. Reported to be the only surviving piece of a wall this age, in the UK
Anglo-Saxon grave goods (shield fittings, spearhead and knife) on display in the Red House Museum in Christchurch
The keep on top of its steep motte.
The old town workhouse in Quay Road. Now the Red House Museum.
The entrance to what was the Bournemouth Union Workhouse. Converted to flats in 1995.
Part of the anti-tank defence which ran the length of the railway line between the River Stour and the River Avon.
An Anglo-Saxon watermill near the Town Quay.
William Hart's factory today. The building was deliberately narrow with large windows on either side to provide the maximum amount of natural light.
Christchurch Barracks Guard House built in 1811. Now a hairdressers.
Bailey Bridge over the Stour, at the rear of what was once the barracks where it was invented and manufactured.

The Barracks were built by Lord Tregonwell in 1794 to house troops to defend the south coast from the threat of invasion by France.

Bournemouth Town Hall

Bournemouth Town Hall

Municipal facility in Bourne Road, Bournemouth, England.

Municipal facility in Bourne Road, Bournemouth, England.

Bournemouth Town Hall
A view of the ornate staircase within the town hall

Works of art in the town hall include a portrait of Captain Lewis Tregonwell of the Dorset Yeomanry by Thomas Beach and a portrait of the former mayor, Sir Merton Russell-Cotes, and his wife, Lady Annie Russell-Cotes, by Frank Richards.

English Heritage blue plaque at 22 Gladstone Avenue, Feltham, London, commemorating Freddie Mercury (erected 2016)

Blue plaque

Permanent sign installed in a public place in the United Kingdom and elsewhere to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person, event, or former building on the site, serving as a historical marker.

Permanent sign installed in a public place in the United Kingdom and elsewhere to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person, event, or former building on the site, serving as a historical marker.

English Heritage blue plaque at 22 Gladstone Avenue, Feltham, London, commemorating Freddie Mercury (erected 2016)
Greater London Council event plaque at Alexandra Palace, commemorating the launch of BBC Television in 1936 (erected 1977)
English Heritage plaque at 40 Falkner Square, Liverpool, commemorating Peter Ellis, architect (erected 2001)
Corporation of London plaque on the site of Lloyd's Coffee House in Lombard Street
City of Westminster green plaque at 18 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, commemorating Josef Dallos, contact lens pioneer (erected 2010)
A Gateshead blue plaque honouring William Clarke
Plaque in Oldham marking the origin of the fish and chip shop and the fast food industry
The first Swindon Heritage blue plaque
Oxfordshire blue plaque commemorating the first sub-4-minute mile run by Roger Bannister on 6 May 1954 at the University of Oxford's Iffley Road track
Wolverhampton Civic Society plaque at Wolverhampton Science Park marking the location of the world altitude balloon record, on 5 September 1862
Society of Arts plaque on Samuel Johnson's house in Gough Square, London (erected 1876). Many of the early Society of Arts and LCC plaques were brown in colour.
London County Council plaque at 48 Doughty Street, Holborn, commemorating Charles Dickens (erected 1903)
One of seven LCC Royal Doulton plaques with coloured laurel relief border erected in 1925; 41 Beak Street, Soho
London County Council plaque at 100 Lambeth Road, Lambeth, commemorating William Bligh (erected 1952)
Greater London Council plaque at 29 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, commemorating Virginia Woolf (erected 1974)
English Heritage plaque, at 22b Ebury Street, Belgravia, London, commemorating Ian Fleming (erected 1996)
Transport Trust plaque at Hythe Pier and Railway, Hythe, Hampshire, the oldest working pier railway in the world
Royal Society of Chemistry plaque on the Chemistry Department of University College London, recording the work carried out there by Sir Christopher Ingold (erected 2008)
Institute of Physics plaque on the Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, recording the work carried out there by Sir William Henry Bragg
Blue plaque at 22 Frith Street, Westminster, W1, commemorating Scottish inventor John Logie Baird's first demonstration of the television
English Heritage plaque at 153 Cromwell Road, London, SW5, commemorating Sir Alfred Hitchcock (erected 1999)
English Heritage plaque at 25 Albany Road, Manor Park, Newham commemorating actor Stanley Holloway (erected 2009)
English Heritage plaque at 223 Pitshanger Lane, Ealing, London commemorating Fred Perry
Julia Belham-Payne with Mayor Denise Cobb, unveiling plaque to Doreen Valiente in Brighton, 2013
New York State plaque
Michigan Historical Marker explaining the significance of the Michigan Central Depot building in Battle Creek, Michigan
Norwegian version of the blue plaque, set up by Selskabet for Oslo Byes Vel
Philippine historical marker for Calle Real

Its first plaque was unveiled on 31 October 1937 to Lewis Tregonwell, who built the first house in what is now Bournemouth.