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Housing in Boscombe is generally quite affordable and at the same time offers good quality housing, making it the ideal location for young couples and families.
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Boscombe is a suburb of Bournemouth. Historically in Hampshire, but today in Dorset, it is located to the east of Bournemouth town centre and west of Southbourne, It developed rapidly from a small village as a seaside resort alongside Bournemouth after the first Boscombe pier was opened in 1889. There are numerous architectural styles within Boscombe, ranging from the elaborate Victorian style of the Royal Arcade, notable examples of Art Deco such as the Motabitz store in 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.
Boscombe is a place which has a vibrant, mixed and sustainable community who live in good quality housing which is affordable, in an area with appropriate infrastructure and exciting opportunities. Boscombe offers a wide range of housing including detached family homes.
Boscombe is home to Sovereign shopping centre, offering plenty of clothes shops, jewellers, charity shops and places to eat and drink. Boscombe also offers plenty of convenience stores and also surf shops.
Boscombe has its own nightclub called ‘Ruby’z’ as well of plenty of pubs and bars.
In the 1870s a small school attached to St Clement's Church was too small to meet the growing demand and Boscombe British school was established by Mr Frederick Moser and Sir Percy Florence Shelley who laid the foundation stone in 1878. The school opened in 1879. The Christchurch Times reported that the building was "to be one of the most ornamental as well as useful buildings in Boscombe." The school was built in a Neo-Gothic style in Gladstone Road and later when transferred to the local authority was renamed St. John's Church of England Primary School. The senior section of the school moved in 1940 to the newly built Boscombe Bilateral Secondary Modern(now King’s Park Primary) on Ashley Road. In 1960,a local teacher Leslie Williams formed the 'Bournemouth Children's Theatre' in the old school buildings and it became the Drama Centre, a very successful and award winning initiative which inspired many to further education. Dame Sybil Thorndike became the patron of the centre and visited frequently. During the 1980s the Drama Centre was renamed the Bournemouth Centre for Community Arts (BCCA) to reflect its extension into other arts. Award winning fashion designer Graham Fraser attended and when it became known as the Bournemouth Centre for Community Arts (BCCA), Gareth Malone attended later going on to be known as the Choirmaster on BBC televised programmes. When it was closed in 2007, under threat of demolition Friends of the BCCA contacted English Heritage to save the building; it was Grade II listed by English Heritage in 2008 particularly in reference to the Gothic design and in the larger schoolroom with its complicated roof. In June 2012, despite 938 objections, and claims the Planning Board had been "mislead", planning permission was obtained to restore the listed rooms, to build 11 affordable homes for local people (10 houses and 1 accessible bungalow), a community orchard and allotments.leaving only 3 rooms for a "creative hub". A "soft demolition" began of the BCCA in September, 2013, with the main demolition commencing in October, 2013.A New Orleans mock funeral was held by protesters hoping to stop the demolition.
Other schools in Boscombe are St James's Church of England Primary, Corpus Christi Catholic Primary (next to Corpus Christi Church), Bethany Primary, Portchester and Avonboune comprehensive schools.
Boscombe has plenty of bus routes offering services to Bournemouth, Ringwood, Salisbury, Poole and many more. The nearest train station is Pokesdown Train Station.