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    Red House Museum

    by CDM7 Written Jul 16, 2015

    This historical building which was built as a parish workhouse in 1764,now houses an interesting collection of local and social history.

    Herbert Druitt, the last private owner of the Red House,was essentially a gentleman of leisure who trained as a lawyer.His passion was collecting and documenting the past which he did until his death in 1943.

    A visit to this museum gives you a good idea of how our ancestors lived and how difficult their lives must have been.

    As well as the museum there is also a garden where you can enjoy tea and cakes.Entry to the museum is free but donations are welcome.Open Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm
    Saturday - 10am - 4pm

    Photo 1 - The Box Mangle was filled with stones and moved backwards and forwards over the rollers around which the clothes were wound.This mangle was donated by the House of Bethany,Boscombe,and was in use in the convent wash house until 1963.

    Photo 2 - Linen was pressed in a Linen Press after ironing to ensure that the sheets and table linen had sharp creases and folds in them.It worked by turning the large screw which lowered a heavy board onto the folded linen below.

    Photo 3 - A model of one of the trams that was in operation in the Bournemouth area.

    Photo 4 - An 18th century sewing machine.

    Museum entrance
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    Place Mill

    by CDM7 Updated May 19, 2014

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    This carefully restored Anglo-Saxon watermill is situated at the quay in Christchurch.The mill was mentioned in the Doomsday book and was still grinding corn up until 1908 when structural defects caused it to close.After this it stood derelict until it was purchased by the council and restored in 1981.
    You can still see the machinery of the mill which is in working order and part of the museum.The mill also houses an art gallery which is run by local artists.Unfortunately on the day i was there the mill was closed for restoration work,although the art gallery was still open.
    Open from April to the end of September.Free admission.

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    Priory Church - The Legend of the...

    by CDM7 Written May 19, 2014

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    During the construction of the Norman priory a beam was cut,ready for installation,however,once hoisted into position it was found to be too short for the purpose.As it was the end of the working day,the embarrassed workers went home,intending to work out a solution the next day.
    On returning to work the following morning,it was found the beam was 1 foot longer than needed.As the priory was dedicated to Christ,it was assumed that Christ had intervened and extended the beam.

    The beam as it is now.
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Christchurch Hotels

  • Lord Bute Hotel

    Lymington Road, Christchurch, BH23 4JS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Kings Hotel

    18 Castle Street, (formerly The Kings Arms Hotel), Christchurch, BH23 1DT, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Captains Club Hotel

    Wick Lane, Wick Ferry, Christchurch, BH23 1HU, gb

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Avonmouth Hotel & Restaurant

    95 Mudeford, Christchurch, Hampshire BH23

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Premier Inn Christchurch - East

    Somerford Road, Bournemouth, Christchurch, BH23 3QG, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Premier Inn Christchurch - West

    Barrack Road, Christchurch, BH23 2BN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • East Close Hotel

    Lyndhurst Road, Hinton, Christchurch, BH23 7EF, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Fisherman'S Haunt Hotel

    Salisbury Road, Winkton, Christchurch, EN, BH23 7A

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • The White House

    428 Lymington Road, Highcliffe On Sea, Christchurc

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

Christchurch Restaurants

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    The Boathouse: Nice Location

    by CDM7 Updated May 17, 2014

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    Set in a nice position overlooking Christchurch Quay,and only a short walk to Priory Church and the town centre.
    Whether you want just a coffee,beer or a main meal (bar menu also available) this place is worth a visit.Only stopped here for a coffee but the menu looked good.Plenty of seating, whether it be in the conservatory,lounge/ bar ,inside restaurant or outside.

    The Boathouse Bar/lounge area Bar View from The Boathouse.
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