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Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town in the ceremonial county of Dorset, England. According to the mid-year estimates for 2010 from the Office for National Statistics, the town has a population of 168,100, making it the largest settlement in Dorset. It is also the largest settlement between Southampton and Plymouth. With Poole and Christchurch, Bournemouth forms the South East Dorset conurbation, which has a total population of approximately 400,000.
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Bournemouth, Bournemouth in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)
Bournemouth, watering-place, Christchurch and Holdenhurst pars., Hants, on Poole Bay, 5 miles SW. of Christchurch by rail and within its parl. limits, 3333 ac., pop. 16,858; 3 Banks, 3 newspapers. Bournemouth has sprung up within the last fifty years, and owes its fame as a watering-place to the great variety of its picturesque scenery and to the mildness of its climate, making it a favourite resort for invalids during winter and early spring. There are sands, extending about 3 miles from E. to W.; rugged cliffs, in many places indented with chines and dells; and picturesque pleasure-grounds bordering the Bourne stream. The pier, 838 ft. long, is a pleasant promenade.
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