Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth

Posted on 07/06/2016 By

Christ Church, Alumhurst Road

Alumhurst Road.

Stretching from the western end of Seamoor Road, Alumhurst Road runs all the way to the bottom of Alum Chine. It is largely residential, although there are a few businesses along the way.

The Forge, behind the Libertine, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne

The Forge, behind (and part of) the Libertine pub and kitchen. © expat

Starting at the northern end, it is dominated by the Libertine Pub which includes the Forge Pizza restaurant. Next to this is one of the car parks that serves Westbourne. On the opposite side there is a very nice terrace of houses.

After the car park is Westbourne Community Fire Station, a permanently crewed station with four watches and two appliances. Almost opposite it the local telephone exchange. The eastern side is then made up largely of flats (a mixture of purpose built and conversions). On the western side again there is a mix of residential, one large house now an orthodontic surgery.

Just before the roundabout, there is Bournemouth & Poole Carers’ Service, is the oddly named St Ambrose Cottage. This is odd, because St Ambrose is in West Overcliff Drive (as covered yesterday). There is an adjacent church, but this is Christ Church. Both the carers’ service, and the reasons behind the name of the cottage, will be researched in a later article. In passing, as a matter of interest, Christ Church originally met in the building that is now the Roman Catholic Church. Again, this will be the subject of a later article.

Crossing the roundabout, we continue down Alumhurst Road. This is far more residential, and it is obviously that this was an area of choice for the wealthier families. There are many larger houses now converted into flats, but also many purpose-built flats that have clearly replaced larger buildings. Interestingly, there are a couple of numbers where as well as the usual A and occasional B appendix, they get as high as F! Presumably this too is where a large house with substantial grounds has been replaced with more, smaller properties.

To the east, there is Dorset Health Care. This is made up of a mix of ancient and modern – the older buildings evidently part of a former religious building. Again, this will be the subject of a later study.

Just past Dorset Health Care, there is a pathway down to Alum Chine. Passing Zetland Court on the way, Alumhurst Road makes its way down to the bottom of Alum Chine.

Alumhurst Road businesses:

The Libertine
Westbourne Fire Station
Westbourne Telephone Exchange
Only Orthodontics
Alumhurst Day Centre
Bournemouth & Poole Carers’ Service
Christ Church
Westbourne Academy (School of English)
The Living Room (Coffee Lounge & Food, B&B)
Dorset Health Care
Roots Gardening Service
The Old Lodge (B&B)
Chine Breeze Court (Nursing Home)
Zetland Court
The Glenbourne (Holiday Lets)
Earlham Lodge (Hotel)

The Libertine Pub, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne

The Libertine, as seen from the west end of Seamoor Road. Alumhurst Road leads off down the right-hand side of the pub. © expat

Terraced Houses, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne

Nice row of terraces. © expat

Telephone Exchange, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne.

Westbourne Telephone Exchange. © expat

Fire Station, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne.

Westbourne Fire Station. © expat

House, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne

One of many larger properties now converted into flats. © expat

Alumhurst Day Centre and Bournemouth & Poole Carers' Centre. St Ambrose Cottage. Alumhurst Road, Westbourne

Alumhurst Day Centre and Bournemouth & Poole Carers’ Centre. St Ambrose Cottage is behind. © expat

Westbourne Academy, Alumhurst Road.

Westbourne Academy, School of English. © expat

Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, with 24 bus to Burton.

Alumhurst Road, south of the roundabout, with a number 24 bus heading towards Burton. © expat

The Living Room, Drury Road, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne

The Living Room, technically in the adjacent Drury Road. © expat

Nightingale Hospital, Dorset Health Care, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne.

Dorset Health Care, Nightingale Hospital. © expat

The Old Lodge, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne.

The Old Lodge, Bed & Breakfast. © expat

Alumhurst Road, Westbourne.

Delightful pair of older houses. © expat

Zetland Court, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne.

Entrance to Zetland Court. © expat

The Glendale, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne

Former Guest House, The Glendale is now Holiday Flats. © expat

Earlham Lodge, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne

Earlham Lodge Bed & Breakfast. © expat

Alumhurst Towers, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne

Alumhurst Towers, on the final drop down to the bottom of Alum Chine. Now subdivided into flats. © expat


Further Reference:
Westbourne Fire Station
Carers’ Support Service

Alumhurst Road    

  1. Michael Pickford says:

    I believe that Ambrose cottage was previously the old St Ambrose Church, l live in the nice terrace opposite the libertine, that’s a very nice picture. Thank you Michael.

    • expat says:

      Thank you. 🙂

      My understanding is the hall adjacent to the cottage is the old St Ambrose church, the cottage being the former vicarage.

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