..WHAT WAS NEW..

 
The items listed below here all appeared originally on our 'What's New' page - which was starting to become a bit too big...
So we've moved the earlier entries here, if you'd like to look through the items again?.... 
 
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A couple more items for our 'Coronation' page.....including some colour film clips of the Evelyn Rd party!  Click on the button below, to go straight to the page....
 
 
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Another 'Little Shop' item - this time from Muscliffe Rd. We're lucky to have some family history about this one. (The pictures are always more interesting when we discover about the people involved as well!).
Just click on the image below to read more......
 
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A newspaper report on a fire that occured in Moordown in 1883 has prompted some research into the Moordown 'Long Houses'.
 
Just click on the image below for more on that fascinating subject...
 
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Ray Sheppard has sent in a lovely photo of the RSPCA Animal Home, that was located in Limited Rd. We don't have precise dates for the Home, but it is believed this photo was from the 1960s. Do you have any dates for how long the Home was there?...
 
Just click on the image below to see more details.....
 
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Just to let you know that Jenny Young's successful campaign to get the missing names of the Moordown Fallen of the Great War added to the Town Hall Book of Remembrance has been reported in the Echo. You can find the online version of the article by clicking on the image below..
 
 
Jenny has also mentioned that her research continues, and that she has already discovered that there are many more names - possibly  hundreds -- who are not currently recorded in the Town Hall Book of Remembrance. It will be fascinating to see how this progresses.....
Just to remind you that you can find details of the 14 Moordown names already accepted by clicking HERE
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Our Chairman, Michael Stead, has published the notes that accompanied his recent talk on the Moordown shops along the west side of Wimborne Rd.
Just click on the image below to read Michael's notes. There's almost certain to be some names you'll recognise....
 
 
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Further to the query below about the location of Redhill Terrace, a bit of detective work  (using Kelly's Directories from the relevant time) has revealed all!
Just click on the thumbnail below to read about our findings:
  
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Carol Boman has forwarded a lovely early Winton and Moordown School photo from 1919, sent to her by Wendy Henderson. (Click on the thumbnail below to see a larger version - use your back button to get back to here)
 
 
Wendy has identified her father, Andrew Lawson, as the 3rd boy from the left in tha back row, but can we add any more names - or information?
Interesting to note that the small blackboard at the front of the picture has the school as 'Moordown Council'. That seems a bit unusual.. all the records seen so far have the School name as 'Winton and Moordown', right from the start in 1911.... maybe writing the full name would have made it too small to read?
As an aside, Wendy has also asked if anyone knows anything about a Colonel Gould, who lived in Southbourne around 100 years ago?.... 
 
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Jenny Young has emailed to let us know that she has been successful in persuading the Mayor to allow 14 Moordown names, currently missing from the Great War Book of Remembrance at the Town Hall to be added - in copperplate writing - to the original book
These new accepted names are:
 
Alfred Andrews

Percival Arnold

Alfred Barrett

R Barrett

Sidney Barrett

Harry S P Burridge

Alfred Buscall

Harry H. Hammerton

Ivor Kentell

Alfred Rabbitts

E Randall

George Tiller

T Vincent

William Watton
 
You can read more details about these men in the copies of their Commonwealth War Graves Commission entries, which you can find
 
Thanks to Jenny for all her research efforts and hard work in making this happen. Jenny advises that, hopefully, there may be one or two more names to add in the future. Her research continues...
 
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Jim Loader, a Moordown 'lad' from Evelyn Rd - now living in Canada - has emailed with a few more names for the Evelyn Rd Coronation Day party photo, (which you can see by clicking HERE ).
 
So, 9 names added - only 120 to go... keep 'em coming!
 
Thanks for adding those Jim....
 
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A couple of new queries:
 
Louise Fisher writes in to ask if anyone knows where Redhill Terrace is?
 
"No. 4 Redhill Terrace"  is listed as the address on the baptism certificate of her partner's grandmother Jean Lees, in 1933......but where is Redhill Terrace?
Can't seem to find it on maps of the time ....does anyone have any ideas?...
 
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Trevor Palfrey has made contact, to ask if anyone knows why 'Webster Rd' is so named? The nearby Franklin Rd (formerly Linbergh Rd) has a US connection, but the only obvious US connections with the name 'Webster' point to either the dictionary, or  to a (not very?) famous Secretary of State - Daniel Webster - from the 19th Century.  Neither seem very likely... so who is the road named after?
  
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Some photos of the Moordown 'garages' (and one or two other shops in Wimborne Rd) from the Bournemouth Library collection... just click on the thumbnail below to view them as a pdf..
 
 
Thanks to Michael Stead for these....

(This document is also included at the bottom of our 'Then' page. You can click HERE to go to that page...)

 
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Jennifer Joy has emailed with a couple of names for one of our earlier school photos - that of Winton and Moordown boys' from 1945..... Jennifer's husband Barry is number 17....
Just click on the thumbnail below to see the added names. And, of course, if you know of any more names?.....
 
 
....thanks for those names Jennifer..
 
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Bill Stone has made contact, to let us know that he has identified the location of one of our earliest entries.... the 'Bournemouth and Poole Licenced Victuallers Outing' which you can find HERE, (and which also appears near the bottom of our 'Who's That, Where's That?' page HERE)..
 
The photo was taken outside the old Dolphin public house in Holdenhurst Rd (Now a Tesco Express of course!). The photo was taken looking at the Victoria Place facade of the building.  
 
(It's nice to know that folk do scroll down our pages, and don't just look at the items near the top!...)
 
Bill has also sent in the lovely photo below of the Infants at Moordown St. John's, taken in 1915......
 
 
...It's difficult to believe that anyone in that photo who is still alive will now be at least 104!..It could be that someone recognises Grandma or Grandad though?...do let us know if you recognise a face, and we'll do a 'numbered' version!
Why all the flags I wonder....what was special about Friday 30th April, 1915?....
 
Thanks for these items Bill... exactly what we are looking for!......
 
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A new page about Moordown Farm.....  Paul Miles has been kind enough to let us show his photos of the Farm, taken in 1978, just before the final auction of the last of the remaining farmland..
..Just click on the button below to go to our new page. 
 
 
And if you have any more snippets about Moordown Farm, do let us know...
 
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Some new  Moordown 'memories' from Pete Roberts next - this time from the 1960s..
..you might recognise one or two names?...
 
Just click on the notepad image below, to go to our 'I Remember' page..(Pete's notes are number 8)..
 
 
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A couple of new school photos from Sue Gale (née Neilson) next.
Moordown St. Johns, from around 1960. Just click on the photos below to see the higher quality 'numbered' version of both....
 
 
As you will see, Sue has most of the names already - but there are still one or two missing... so, if you  do know any more?......
 
(Click HERE to go to the page itself...)
 
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A new page ... this time about the history of various Moordown Youth organisations...click on the thumbnail to go to the new page.....
 
....still very much a work in progress, as you will see .. If you have any additional information to add - or even a  complete PDF history for one of the Moordown youth groups? -- do let us know....
 
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A view of the corner of Ensbury Park Rd - looking south - found by Steve Mott. Click on the small  image below, to go to the page to see the 'full' version....
 
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Mary McRobie has found a photo of Willis' Builder Merchants netball team, from c.1960...
....just click on the image below to see a bigger version of the picture.....can you recognise anyone?.....do let us know..
 
 
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A little piece of Moordown 'musical' history...
..just click on the Moderne 'Advert' below to read about  a local 'skiffle' group...
 
 
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We've received quite a lot of additional names for our 1970s Winton School Photos from Paul Maher - almost all of them for the first two in fact!  You can see the revised pictures below (Just click on the appropriate text).....
 
(Remember to use your back button to get back to here..)
 
(Click HERE to go to the page itself...)
 
Thanks for these new additions Paul...
 
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A lovely photo from Al Kirtley, taken of the man himself as a lad, in 1947... but taken where?....
(the small block of flats in the background might give a clue?...)
 
 
(Just CLICK HERE to go to straight to the page, which also has a photo taken from the same location today..)
 
 
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Another great school photo..This one is from Mary McRobie, and is of Winton and Moordown Girls' School Orchestra, from around 1949.
Just click on the image below to see the larger 'numbered' version.. do let us know if you can add to the names..
 
 
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Jenny Young has found some fascinating Moordown notes, in a Throop Congregational Church Centenary Souvenir from 1928!......
This first item details some the early history notes on Moordown Congregational Church...(the photos are added from our own collection!)
 
Just click on the image below to see the notes....
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This second item, from the same source, outlines some of the details of everyday life for Moordown folk, during the Great War (particurlarly the Congregational Church members, understandably!).
Written only 10 years after the conflict -- and before the Second World War of course -- it recalls how those who stayed at home still 'did their bit' as it were...
 
Just click on the notepad image below to open the notes...
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Another Winton School photo.. again from Mary McRobie...date?....unknown (at the moment!)
So if you do know the date, and/or recognise anyone, please let us know......
 
Just click on the thumbnail below to go straight to the schools photo page...
 
 
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Click on the notepad image below to read Mary Harrison's memories of life in the King Edward Ave home built by her parents in 1927, and where she has lived since 1936....how some things have changed!!...
 
(Just CLICK HERE to go to the actual page)
 
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Another Great War Bournemouth photo from Elaine Davies....this one is of the 15th Battalion Pipe Band of the 48th Canadian Highland Division.
 
(Click on the image for a larger version....)
....The Division was presumably billeted in Bournemouth, early on in the Great War....maybe in Moordown?..probably not!..
 
Does anyone recognise the house in the background?...
 
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A photo from nearly 50 years ago.....this image was taken inside the (then) nearly new Moordown Congregational Church Hall, in Priory View Rd ..(it's now a dance school)...
The church youth club held a little dance - I think in the autumn of 1964? - and it was club members who provided the music!..
...(just click on the image to see a larger version)...
 
 
I can name the 'band' members ...the drummer is Steve Woods - on his right, Rod 'Bert' Bush  - on his right, me (Roger Shore), and on Steve's left - Gary Proctor.
But I don't recall the names of any of the 'dancers' at the moment --- although I think I remember one or two faces.  
Any ideas, anyone?.....
 
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A fascinating snippet from the Echo about the James family, and the Malvern Rd Forge and 'smithy'. Just click on the image to see a larger version. It's not very clear, I'm afraid, but you can make out some of the words.....
 
 
Thanks to Babara Wescott - Mr. James granddaughter - for this item.....
 
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Couple of new 'little shop' photos -- although these are from Wimborne Rd, rather than one of the side roads as before.....
 
This first one is of Pearce's Drapery, taken in the mid 1930s.  (Click on the image to see a larger version...)
 
No. 751 is now the 'Swedish Cleaners' , which it has been since the 1970s.
Thanks to Wendy Riggs and Elaine Davies for this photo.  
 
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This next one is of Dean's 'Mayfield General Stores', on the corner of Oswald Rd, taken in the 1920s. (Now occupied by Palmers  Accountancy).
 
Again, just click on the image to see a larger version....
 
 
 
Thanks to Chistine Deedman and Carol Bowman for this lovely old 'Moordown' photo...
(There's some more detail about this image - and the one above - near the bottom of our 'Little Shops' page). 
(Just CLICK HERE  to go to the actual page)
 
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A couple more Great War items next ....
 
Thanks to John Wilson for this copy of the Remembrance Scroll given to his family in memory of his grandfather, Sapper Alfred Barrett.  Click on the image to see the detail....
 
 
 
These items - along with a 'signed' letter from the King were often the only official recognition sent to many, many families during that dreadful conflict. Very poignant...
 
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The second item is a photo from Elaine Davies, which shows members of the 8th Machine Gun Section of the King's Own Royal Lancs regiment, who were billeted in Bournemouth in 1915.
 
Click on the image below to see a larger version.......
 
 
Unfortunately, research suggests that the house behind the men is in Nortoft Rd, so in Charminster rather than Moordown..Problem is, Moordown Great War photos seem to be scarce... so we'll pinch this one from Charminster for the time being!
 
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Another great find from Elaine.... this time, a couple of photos of Wing Motors (now Mike Stokes Tyres) taken in 1953. 
Just click HERE to view the pictures (which are from the 'Bournemouth Grant Too' Flickr collection)
 
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How about this 'must have' item for Christmas perhaps?....
 
 
....just click on the image to see the 'Ebay' listing....how can you resist, at only £600?!:)
(I think the dates on their descriptive notes may be slightly adrift though.....according to Kellys, Fothergill was only at 6,The Strand for a couple of years, in the late 1920s....)
 
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An interesting item sent in by Alex McKinstry.... an article from the Bournemouth Echo of January 1925, which recounts some of the memories of a Moordown lady church worker - Lilly Turrall -who lived in Elmes Rd.
Some interesting comments on the Moordown of the late 19 th century.... a pretty scary place on occasion, by the sound of it....
Just click on the image below to read Lilly's story....
 
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An interesting little snippet from the Dundee Chronicle of September 1951.
 
At that time, Moordown was home to one Elizabeth Whitehead -- who, at the age of 107, was reputedly Britain's oldest woman at the time.  
 
107 is still a pretty impressive age these days -- so in 1951 I imagine it was very rare.....
 
Thanks to Maurice Sheppard for finding this
 
Just click on the image below to read more about Elizabeth......
 
 
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A fascinating newspaper snippet here --- just click on the image below, to see a PDF version of an article from The Bournemouth Times of 10th January 1925.
It details many of the changes that were taking place at that time.. a time when Moordown was expanding faster than at any time in it's history.
Thanks to Alex McKinstry for this little gem.....
 
 
 
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Do you know where this house is?.......(just click on the image to see a bigger version)...
 
 
it's thought it may be at Throop, somewhere along Broadway Lane.. although a quick scan on Google Earth doesn't show any roofs looking quite like that....
 
It may,  though, be in the New Forset.. near Brockenhurst
 
If you do recognise it, do let us know where (just click on the contact us button at the top of the page)
 
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The image below is an Edwardian cross-stitch 'sampler', made by a young Moordown girl over 100 years ago... just click on the image itself to read a bit more about her...
 
 
 
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A couple of interesting maps, brought into one of our meetings recently...
 
They are taken from Ordnance Survey maps of North Bournemouth, dated 1931 and 1938 respectively. I've scanned them in at quite high resolution, to let you see all the details.  Interesting to see just how much development went on between those years - especially north of Castle Lane, and the area around West Way, which had been Hunt's Farm (also known as Moordown Farm).
 
Just click on the thumbnails below, to download the relevant pdfs (they're about 4MB each)
 
 
 
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This next item goes straight to the page..... It's an amateur audio recording, made in 1946 (before the days when tape recorders were available to amateurs!)... It was rescued from an old 78rpm disc by our vice chairman, Howard Dalton.  Just click on the microphone image to go straight there....
 
 
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This next one shows 3 members of the Welsh Fusiliers, who were billeted with the Payn family in Ensbury Park Rd between Nov 1914, and April 1915. Just click on the thumbnail to see the larger image...
 
 

CLICK HERE  to go to the actual page)

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This next one links to a new document from Howard Dalton on the history of Hillcrest Rd.  The details of names of the early residents will hopefully bring back memories for some of you....
 
 

CLICK HERE  to go to the actual page)

 
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We've been lucky enough to receive a photo of Alfred Barrett, who was one of the Moordown men who died in the Great War, so we've updated his entry on the 'Moordown Fallen' list to include his picture, and that of his headstone at Throop.  Just click here:
 
 
 

CLICK HERE  to go to the actual page)

 
 
Thanks to Alf's family for the photo.... any more local Great War photos are always very welcome of course....
 
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This one is not a Moordown one, but a Bournemouth one! It shows a photo of a Wellington bomber that crashed into the sea off the East Cliff, at some time during WW2. Judging by the fact that there are no beach defences to be seen, it's probably quite early on in the war (before the summer of 1940?).
Rather surprisingly, there doesn't seem to be very much known of the event... unless you know differently of course?...... 
 
 
 
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This item is just for fun. We may be able to use 'QR' codes in the future, and these notes set out to explain what they are...just click on the thumbnail.....
 
 
 
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This next item is a copy of the opening night program for the Moderne Cinema, in 1935.  It even has an autograph by Denis O'Neil - the star of the first film shown -- 'Barnacle Bill'......
...thanks to Vic La Breche for this little gem.
 
 

CLICK HERE  to go to the actual page)

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The next item is another school photo....but this one is of the staff!  Winton School, believed to be from the 1960s ? 
The image is from a photo copy, so not perfect. Again, thanks to Vic La Breche for this image
 
 
CLICK HERE  to go to the actual page)
 
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The next new item is not a Moordown one... but a Bournemouth one!...
Click on the thumbnail for a detailed map of Hengistbury Head, drawn up just after the war in 1948.  
It shows details of the wartime actitivty on the headland, which was the location of RAF Southbourne during the war years. There's almost nothing left now of that wartime history........
 
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