The erection of a traditional Mongolian yurt has been practiced by Mongolians for thousands of years and whilst Genghis Khan, the fearsome Mongolian warrior of the 13th century never made it to Dorset the Yurt has arrived in the form of the Yurt Village Holiday village at Herston near Swanage.
Amid the leafy avenues of Bournemouth’s East Cliff sits this astonishing block of flats, its swoops and curves organised around that triumphant central staircase tower – a very common pattern in Deco buildings of this type. In fact the central-tower pattern can be found in a number of blocks and hotels in surrounding streets, including Burley Grange in Weston Drive; Weston Grange in Gervis Road; the Majestic Hotel, further along Derby Road; and Berkeley Mansions in Christchurch Road, along with others forming a really amazing collection of ’30s buildings crammed into this pretty small area.
A frosty day at the Stanpit Marsh and Nature Reserve which covers nearly a 130 acres of low lying land just beyond the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour at the Western end of Christchurch Harbour.
Traditionally groups of swimmers, young and old, gather in West Bay, for a Boxing Day dip in the sea. It is not that warm in July, so in December you can imagine just how brave these people are. (Jack Barnett).
After the restoration, King Charles II, paid many visits to his friends in Dorset and tradition has it that during one of these visits the King stopped at a blacksmith’s forge in the small village of Godmanstone and requested of the smithy a glass of porter. Quoth the blacksmith, ‘I cannot oblige you Sire, as I have no license.’ Then said the King, ‘From now on you have a license to sell beer and porter.’ So was born the Old Smith’s Arms in the forge at Godmanstone. Built of mud and flint, at 20ft by 10ft it was for many years claimed to be the smallest public house in England.
• The Environment Agency at work on the beach wall recently made me realise just how successful have been the changes they have made over the years. Except for short periods the Preston Beach Road has remained open, and there was no flooding along the Jordan in Sutton Poyntz or Fisherbridge, and the bottom of Coombe Valley Road and outside the Doctor's […]
FURIOUS residents in Wallisdown said a meeting with the council to discuss congested parking on their street, which they claim has delayed ambulances and made crossing the road dangerous, turned into a ‘shambles’.