Miscellaneous photos, Christchurch part 1


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Miscellaneous photos, Christchurch part 1

This page follows Miscellaneous photos 3, the 1960s.

Fijifilm X100F fixed lens digital camera

My new (pre-owned) Fijifilm X100F fixed lens digital camera

Fijifilm FinePix HS50 EXR digital camera

My Fijifilm FinePix HS50 EXR zoom lens digital camera

I took most of these photos in the late afternoon of May 1st, and a morning and two early afternoons in June 2020 in Christchurch on the Dorset coast. I took the May photos with my usual Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR zoom ‘bridge’ camera. I took the June photos with a new (pre-owned) Fujifilm X100F fixed lens compact. Both are electronic cameras despite the film part of the name Fujifilm.

I have also included a photo from 2018 and one from 1996, the latter taken with a film camera shortly after my mother died in December 1995.


Looking towards timber company premised past the railway bridge where Fairmile Road becomes Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in May 2020

Looking towards timber company premises past the railway bridge where Fairmile Road becomes Bargates (in May 2020). The lopped trees are on Stour Road.

The sequence starts from the railway bridge where Fairmile Road becomes Bargates, proceeds down to the High street, left onto Castle Street, right onto Convent Walk to the quay. Photos of subsequent parts of the route are on the next page.

Beaconsfield Road off Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Beaconsfield Road off Bargates


Cafe in Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

The Coffee Pot in Bargates

I took this photo in the morning. By afternoon, the Coffee Pot is on the shadowed side of the street.


Cafe in Saxon Square, Christchurch, Dorset, England,  in 1996

Oasis Cafe in a corner of Saxon Square late in the previous century (1996)

The Oasis Cafe is long gone, but I remember sitting outside it with my old mum in the last year of her life reading a magazine about World War 2 airplanes that I had just bought in WH Smith, a few metres away. At the time of writing (summer 2020) these premises are occupied by one of a succession of small businesses that, while possibly viable in London, are doomed to fail in provincial Britain, their parting message sometimes appearing as a printed sheet complaining that they were forced to close because of insufficient government subsidy. The free market, eh?

Incidentally, the only cafe in Christchurch (Dorset) I do not recommend is Caffè Nero on the corner of Saxon Square.


Millhams Street, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Millhams Street in June 2020


Christchurch high street, Dorset, England, in May 2020

High street looking south (not on a Monday) in early May 2020

This was during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, during which many shops were closed and pedestrians kept a two-metre distance apart, unless they were members of the same household.


Buskers on a market day in Christchurch, Dorset, England, in July 2020

Saxon Square buskers in July

And this was after the pandemic panic had receded and the public reverted to the usual pandemonium.


Old Post Office arcade, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Old Post Office arcade

The doors at the end of the arcade used to be an entrance to the main post office. Now (in 2020) it is a vintage ladies’ dress shop. The promises inside the glass at right are a cafe bar, but for many years it was a carpet store. And the Pizza Express on the left was in the early- and mid-1990s a shop of mixed content, which included plastic model kits and even aviation postcards. The spaces farther down have changed use similarly over the years.

Side street of pastel painted houses  in Christchurch Dorset, England, in May 2020

Side street off Castle Street of pastel painted houses in May

Castle Street, Christchurch Dorset, England, in May 2020

Castle Street in May 2020

Incidentally, the next page (part 2 of this virtual tour) starts by going through those iron gates on the right. However, for the remaining photos on this page, departure from Castle Street is a few metres farther on.


Convent Walk and the mill stream off Castle Street, Christchurch Dorset, England, in May 2020

Convent Walk and the mill stream in May

Turning right from Castle Street opposite the King’s Arms hotel and just before the first river bridge onto Convent Walk…


Canoes by Bridge Street, Christchurch, Dorset, in June 2020

Canoes by Bridge Street in June 2020

Castle Street becomes Bridge Street at the first bridge (as far as I can determine).

View from where a run-off from the mill stream to the river passes under Convent Walk, Christchurch, Dorset, England in June 2020

View from where a run-off from the mill stream to the river passes under Convent Walk (in June)

Priory from Convent Walk, Christchurch Dorset, England, in May 2020

Priory from Convent Walk in May 2020

Priory from Convent Walk, Christchurch Dorset, England, in July 2020

Priory from Convent Walk in July

Along Convent Walk approaching Place Mill, Christchurch Dorset, England, in May 2020

Along Convent Walk approaching Place Mill in May 2020

Bridge over the mill stream just north of Place Mill, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in July 2020

Bridge over the mill stream just north of Place Mill in July 2020

Sailing club looking left at the stone bridge over the mill stream at Place Mill, Christchurch Dorset, England, in May 2020

Sailing club in May 2020. This is looking east (left) from the stone bridge over the mill stream at Place Mill.


Faina Anatomical Doll at a disused watermill in England

“This place must be a mill.”

I took this photo of Faina in late August 2018. It fits in geographically with this series, if not temporally.

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This topic continues in Miscellaneous photos, Christchurch part 2.

Faina at the quay

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