A YEAR TO PONDER

Exercising the dog Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth /ˈbɔːrnməθ/ (About this sound listen) is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, 96 miles (155 km) long. According to the 2011 census, the town has a population of 183,491 making it the largest settlement in Dorset. With Poole to the west and Christchurch in the east, Bournemouth forms the South East Dorset conurbation, which has a total population of over 465,000. Before it was founded in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell, the area was a deserted heathland occasionally visited by fishermen and smugglers. Initially marketed as a health resort, the town received a boost when it appeared in Augustus Granville’s 1841 book, The Spas of England. Bournemouth’s growth truly accelerated with the arrival of the railway and it became a recognised town in 1870. Historically part of Hampshire, it joined Dorset with the reorganisation of local government in 1974. Since 1997, the town has been administered by a unitary authority, meaning it is independent of Dorset County Council, although it remains part of that ceremonial county. The local council is Bournemouth Borough Council. The town centre has notable Victorian architecture and the 202-foot (62 m) spire of St Peter’s Church, one of three Grade 1 listed churches in the borough, is a local landmark. Bournemouth’s location has made it a popular destination for tourists, attracting over five million visitors annually with its beaches and popular nightlife. The town is also a regional centre of business, home of the Bournemouth International Centre or BIC, and a financial sector that is worth more than £1,000 million in gross value added.

2017 !!!, What a bad year for me and my health, it all started in April 2017 and got worse has the year went on, I now see light at the end of the tunnel with things gradually improving with one or two hiccups along the way but no more surgery or invasive tests and that is brilliant news and I hope it continues well into the future. My photography has taken a hit during this lengthy time out of the scene but that’s about to change, on the 14ᵗʰ May 2018when my wife and I are spending a week in Bournemouth & Southport (More photos on the way ?). Do you feel a but coming on, YES! well you are right I need to have a new lens in my right eye ! That I’m not looking forward to, Got to remember the final result which is I WILL BE ABLE TO SEE AGAIN WITH IT. That can only be good for my future life but also for my suffering photography.

Photographs from Bournemouth, Southport Royal Dock Yards and surrounding area.

Bournemouth Beach

One of two life guard stations on Bournemouth beach

Spinnacker Tower & Royal Dockyard

HISTORIC OVERVIEW, The origins of the Royal Dockyards are closely linked with the permanent establishment of a standing Navy in the early sixteenth century. The beginnings of a yard had already been established at Portsmouth with the building of a dry dock in 1496; but it was on the Thames in the reign of Henry VIII that the Royal Dockyards really began to flourish. Woolwich and Deptford dockyards were both established in the early 1510s (a third yard followed at Erith but this was short-lived as it proved to be vulnerable to flooding). The Thames yards were pre-eminent in the sixteenth century, being conveniently close to the merchants and artisans of London (for shipbuilding and supply purposes) as well as to the Armouries of the Tower of London. They were also just along the river from Henry’s palace at Greenwich. As time went on, though, they suffered from the silting of the river and the constraints of their sites. Covered slip no.1, Devonport: the only complete surviving eighteenth-century slip on a Royal Dockyard. By the mid-seventeenth century, Chatham (established 1567) had overtaken them to become the largest of the yards. Together with new Yards at Harwich and Sheerness, Chatham was well-placed to serve the Navy in the Dutch Wars that followed. Apart from Harwich (which closed in 1713), all the yards remained busy into the eighteenth century – including Portsmouth (which, after a period of dormancy, had now begun to grow again). In 1690, Portsmouth had been joined on the south coast by a new Royal Dockyard at Plymouth; a hundred years later, as Britain renewed its enmity with France, these two yards gained new prominence and pre-eminence. Furthermore, Royal Dockyards began to be opened in some of Britain’s colonial ports, to service the fleet overseas. Yards were opened in Jamaica (as early as 1675), Antigua (1725), Gibraltar (1704), Canada (Halifax, 1759) and several other locations.

HMS Victory & Royal Dockyards

HMS Victory & Royal Dockyards

ROYAL DOCKYARDS

HMS Victory gun ports & Royal Dockyards

ROYAL DOCKYARDS

HMS Victory and Anchors & Royal Dockyards

ROYAL DOCKYARDS

HMS Victory Stern View & Royal Dockyards

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