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Christchurch: Bargates

This page follows Miscellaneous photos, the 1960s. Together with subsequent pages, it constitutes a virtual tour of Christchurch on the Dorset coast of England.

The sequence starts from the railway bridge where Fairmile Road becomes Bargates. Photos of subsequent parts of the route are on following pages.

St. Catherine's Hill on the horizon looking north on the pedestrian bridge adjacent to the road bridge over the railway where Fairmile Road adjoins Bargates, in January 2021

Looking north from the bridge over the railway line

Looking north from the rail bridge, Bargates, about 1900

And approximately the same view in about 1900. From the Red House Museum print collection.

That’s St. Catherine’s Hill on the horizon.


Looking north on the pedestrian bridge adjacent to the road bridge over the railway where Fairmile Road adjoins Bargates

Looking north on the pedestrian bridge in January 2021

Having walked backwards some metres (in a virtual sense) onto the pedestrian bridge, St. Catherine’s Hill is still on the horizon. For a closer look at the hill, see On the hill part 1: South and central.


Rotating left 90 degrees…

Railway station from the bridge where Fairmile Road becomes Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in May 2020

The railway station viewed from the bridge in May 2020.


Bargates from the bridge over the railway in May 2021

Bargates from the bridge over the railway in May 2021

Rotating left another 90 degrees…


Bargates from the rail bridge in December 1961

Bargates in the space age: View from the rail bridge in December 1961. Photo from the Red House Museum print collection.

And from nearly the same position 59 years back in time…

Space age or not (it had only just begun with Yuri Gagarin’s flight that year) it seems that the pedestrian bridge was not yet in place at this time. The premises of Auto Max (on the left) continued as a used car sales and/or tyre fitter at least until the late 1990s.


Taking a few more steps toward Bargates…

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.


Although we are proceeding in a southerly direction, the following photos look northwards.

House in Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in May 2020

House in Bargates

Rail bridge from Bargates in about 1900

Rail bridge from Bargates in about 1900. Photo from the Red House Museum print collection.


Rail bridge from Bargates in about 1965

Bargates in the space age 2: Rail bridge from Bargates in about 1965. Photo from the Red House Museum print collection.

We (my brother and I and our mum) had moved from north London to Christchurch, where my maternal grandparents had retired, by 1965.

The metal pedestrian bridge is new since the 1961 photo (it seems). By 2021 it is patched where holes have appeared in its floor. The overhead bus power lines are long gone, as is the signal box to the left of the bridge. The funeral director on the right is still there.


Rail bridge from Bargates in about 1907

Rail bridge from Bargates in about 1907. Photo from the Red House Museum print collection.

Before electric ‘trolley’ buses there was a tram, also powered via overhead electric wires. (See Bournemouth Corporation Tramways under External links later on this page.) Perrin Locks Stores became a Post Office before we arrived in about 1964. It is in 2021 a cafe.


Unisex hair design studio side mural

Unisex hair design studio side mural in April 2021

A unisex hair design studio is what used to be called a barber shop


Castle's hardware store, Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Castle’s hardware store in Bargates in June 2020

Castle’s was there when I first came to the area in 1964. Here in Britain we call a hardware store an iron monger. (Or we used to.)

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.


This topic continues in Christchurch: High Street and Castle Street.

External links

Bournemouth Corporation Tramways Wikipedia entry

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