Boscombe Pier

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Boscombe developed from a small village into a Victorian seaside resort alongside it’s bigger sister town of Bournemouth. Boscombe pier was opened in 1889. In 2005 the pier was closed as it had become unsafe. The listed pier entrance building was externally restored in 2007 together with a restoration of the pier neck. New decking, lighting and central windbreak was added together with a new viewing and fishing platform end section, which replaced the derelict Amusement Hall. The pier re-opened in 2008. Too me the pier looks like a rather basic pier of a 1960s design with large concrete legs. Glad to see it had been saved but could not get over excited about it.

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A Place for the dead


Tucked away up a lane close to where the A27 crosses the river Hamble at  Burseldon is a small Mausoleum built in 1911 (although it looks older). It is in memory of Caption Shaw Storeys who lived on the local estate known as Elm Lodge (now known as Greyladyes) The estate is private but public access is now allowed to the  Mausoleum as it was restored by Hampshire County Council and Itchen & Hamble Countryside Project. Around 1998 the Trustees of Greyladyes Estate entered into a Licence Agreement, giving public access to the site in return for management of the land by the Parish Council.



Standing Stones


Southwest of the village of Trellech in Wales are three large standing known as Harold’s stones in a 12 metre alignment, all the stones are leaning. They are well set back from the road and hidden behind a hedge so can be missed as you drive by, which I had done for a number of years and only spotted them on goggle earth when looking for the nearby Holy Well.





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Each year the numbers grow smaller,

The faces grow older, and the feet slower

The campaign medals date back less in time

And are conflicts I remember.



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A day of an Industrial Age

On our tour around Britain’s coast on most occasions the good out shines the bad, today heavy rain welcomed us as we drove along the coast around Port Talbot and the industrial coast. The air smelt of sulphur around the industrial plants and down near the sea front the smell not only filled my nostrils but clung to the back of my throat. A fantastic sandy beach backed by rows of shabby 50’s or 60’s local authority houses and chemical plants. The seafront would have developed very differently as a resort without the industry. I have always come to the coast for fresh air sadly not here. Again redevelopment is taking place here but I am not sure if this coast will ever become a mecca for the tourist.

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