South East Dorset conurbation

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Multi-centred conurbation on the south coast of Dorset in England.

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Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Dorset, England.

Unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Dorset, England.

Districts of Dorset prior to the creation of BCP
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

The authority covers much of the area of the South Dorset conurbation.

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.

Bournemouth is part of the South East Dorset conurbation, which has a population of 465,000.

Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646

Dorset

County in South West England on the English Channel coast.

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

Around half of the population lives in the South East Dorset conurbation, while the rest of the county is largely rural with a low population density.

Cobbled streets in Lymington town centre

Lymington

Port town on the west bank of the Lymington River on the Solent, in the New Forest district of Hampshire, England.

Port town on the west bank of the Lymington River on the Solent, in the New Forest district of Hampshire, England.

Cobbled streets in Lymington town centre
The town quay
Looking down Quay Hill
All Saints Church
High Street
St Thomas Street and St Thomas's Church
Lymington Town railway station
Wightlink's Wight Sun ferry berthed at Lymington

The A337 road links Lymington to Lyndhurst and the M27 motorway to the north, and to New Milton and the South East Dorset conurbation to the west.

The Roman road (the overgrown bank on the left) east of the village

Corfe Mullen

The Roman road (the overgrown bank on the left) east of the village
Lockyer's Middle School was Lockyer's Charity School (formed in 1706)

Corfe Mullen is a village in Dorset, England, on the north-western urban fringe of the South East Dorset conurbation.

South West England

One of nine official regions of England.

One of nine official regions of England.

High Willhays on Dartmoor, Devon, the region's highest point
Pulteney Bridge in Bath, Somerset: the entire city is a World Heritage Site
M5 looking south towards Avonmouth
Stonehenge
Silbury Hill – Europe's largest man-made earthwork
A 19th-century Photochrom of the Roman Baths in Bath, Somerset
Maes Knoll the western end of Wansdyke
Corfe Castle
Sweyn Forkbeard
The statue of Sir Francis Drake (1540–1596) on Plymouth Hoe
Fowey harbour
Perkin Warbeck
James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth
Portishead power station
Porlock, Exmoor
Bernard Lovell
Regional profile of the South West
Historic docks on Bristol Harbour, within the region's most productive economy
Since the decline of mining, Cornwall's economy has been reliant on agriculture and tourism
Vegetable crop south of Ludgvan
Dairy Crest have their main cheese creamery in Davidstow making Cathedral City Cheddar and Davidstow Cheddar on the former RAF Davidstow Moor, and important wartime RAF Coastal Command airfield bought by Cow & Gate in the 1950s
Ginsters have a food production plant in Callington, off the A390 between Liskeard and Tavistock
The Met Office, with cumulus humilis cloud; the Met Office Cray XC40 (previously a Power 775) computer takes 4.8m weather observations per year; Robert FitzRoy, who founded it in 1872, made the first weather forecast on 1 August 1861 in The Times; isobars were invented in the late 1800s; two bodies produce windspeed for pilots around the world - the Met Office and the NOAA
Princess Yachts make motor yachts off the A374 in Stonehouse
The Trafalgar-class HMS Talent (S92) at Devonport in February 2008
The Lifeboat College in Poole, where the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is headquartered
Cobham underwing refuelling pod on an RAF Voyager, or Airbus A330 MRTT (the aircraft is made at CASA, part of Airbus Defence and Space, in Getafe in central Spain)
An aerial view of GCHQ's headquarters, 2004; the biggest employer in Gloucestershire is the intelligence agency GCHQ, who are based at 'The Doughnut', their headquarters GCHQ has around 6,000 staff, MI5 has 4,000, and MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service) has 3,200; GCHQ is in the west of Cheltenham, off the A40 at the A4013 roundabout at Fiddlers Green, and also has a site to the east at Oakley
Safran Landing Systems UK (former Messier-Dowty, historically Britain's main aircraft undercarriage manufacturer, now owned by Safran) make undercarriage for Boeing aircraft; the South West region has the most aerospace industry in the UK (followed by the North West, which has Warton and Samlesbury)
The entrance to UCAS in 2008; it has around 37,000 courses at 370 institutions; it is in the north of Cheltenham, near the racecourse in Prestbury at the A435/B4075 junction
The Army Air Corps has 67 Yeovil-built, Rolls-Royce RTM322-powered AgustaWestland Apache AH1 helicopters; since 2010, the helicopters now have the much-more advanced Apache Arrowhead night-vision system which superseded TADS/PNVS; in October 2016, the Royal Navy had 94 helicopters; the Fleet Air Arm Museum is Europe's largest naval air museum
Mendip Vale the nearest station to the city of Wells which is cut off from the rest of the UK by the Beeching cuts.
Greencore make premium chilled desserts, such as tiramisu for M & S, at their site (former St Ivel, then Uniq Desserts) off the B3081 at Evercreech
Former brandy butter plant at Chard Junction next to the River Axe
Salisbury Cathedral at 123 m (404 ft) which is the tallest in the UK
Former Plessey Semiconductors factory in Swindon, on the Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, west of Rodbourne
Shredded Wheat factory at Staverton north of Trowbridge
Durdle Door in Dorset is part of the Jurassic Coast, England's only natural World Heritage Site.
Election results in 2017
University of Bath
BBC Radio Wiltshire's building in Swindon

The largest conurbations are the area sometimes called Greater Bristol, which includes parts of South Gloucestershire; and the South East Dorset conurbation, covering Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

A338 road

Major primary route in southern England, that runs from the junction with the A35 at Poole in Dorset to the junction with the A420 at Besselsleigh in Oxfordshire, a distance of 84 mi.

Major primary route in southern England, that runs from the junction with the A35 at Poole in Dorset to the junction with the A420 at Besselsleigh in Oxfordshire, a distance of 84 mi.

The road begins at County Gates in Westbourne, before heading northward as a grade separated dual carriageway, one of the main roads in the South East Dorset conurbation.

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 lies in the South East Dorset conurbation which is one of the South Coast's major urban areas with a total population of over 400,000.

Prospect House, an early 19th-century cottage on Wareham Road

Lytchett Matravers

Village and civil parish in Dorset, England.

Village and civil parish in Dorset, England.

Prospect House, an early 19th-century cottage on Wareham Road
St Mary the Virgin parish church
Lytchett Matravers Primary School, built in 1992

The village is in the Green Belt of the South East Dorset conurbation.

Poole

Large coastal town and seaport in Dorset, on the south coast of England.

Large coastal town and seaport in Dorset, on the south coast of England.

The Poole Logboat, a 2,000-year-old dugout canoe discovered during dredging works in Poole Harbour
Beech Hurst in the town centre, a Georgian mansion built in 1798 for a wealthy Newfoundland merchant
Poole Quay was the busy centre of the town's maritime trade.
The borough council was based at Poole Civic Centre
The coat of arms of the Borough of Poole.
Poole lies on Eocene clays.
A panorama of Poole Town Centre viewed from Parkstone.
The Sunseeker shipyards opposite Poole Quay
Barclays House in the town centre.
Poole Quay, once a busy centre of maritime trade, has become increasingly popular with tourists
Poole Guildhall.
Poole Bay and the beaches of Poole and Bournemouth.
The Parish Church of St. James, built in 1819.
Poole Stadium is a greyhound racing venue and home to the Poole Pirates speedway team
The Lighthouse Arts Centre in Poole is the largest arts centre in England outside London.
The main transport features in Dorset.
Poole railway station
Poole Hospital is the trauma centre for East Dorset.

Poole merges with several other towns to form the South East Dorset conurbation which has a combined population of over 465,000, forming one of the South Coast's major urban areas.