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Originally a sparsely inhabited area of heathland, from around 1865 Boscombe developed rapidly from a small village into a seaside resort alongside Bournemouth. There are numerous architectural styles within the town, ranging from the elaborate Victorian style of the Royal Arcade, notable examples of Art Deco such as the former Gas & Water Company store at 709 Christchurch Road, and the modernist 1950s styles of the pier and Overstrand buildings.
Alongside these are modern flats developments such as The Reef, The Point and Honeycombe Beach.
In order to encourage the taking of the mineral water from the spring at the mouth of the Chine, a small thatched-roof building resembling a summer house was erected over the spring, and for a time this became a fashionable meeting place.
The area upon which Boscombe is situated, between the somewhat older village of Pokesdown and Bournemouth Square, was part of the great heathland which covered much of western Hampshire, and extended well into eastern Dorset.
From Norman times it was within the Liberty of Westover.
It may be noted that the name of Boscombe Manor changed several times over the years.
First recorded as Boscombe Cottage, it was then for a time called Boscombe Alcove and then Boscombe Lodge.
The large estate owned by Mr Norris changed hands several times during the first half of the 19th century.
After Norris's death it was acquired by Robert Heathcote, and on his death the estate was put up for auction The estate was purchased by James Dover, in whose possession it remained until 1841; then it was sold to Major Stephenson.The Caffmos Community is a safe, friendly and informative environment for older gay men and their admirers to enjoy new contacts and find friendship. Historically in Hampshire, but today in Dorset, it is located to the east of Bournemouth town centre and west of Southbourne.From 1865 the development and expansion of the area to the end of the 19th century, and beyond, was very rapid.Starting with a proposal by the Malmesbury Estate to develop the 'picturesque Village of Boscombe Spa' to make available building plots for the erection of marine villas to be let on long leases.We have a number of individual rooms within chat to cater for all tastes including chat only, TV/TS/TG/CD, over 40's and more.