Pokesdown: Area Guide
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James Scollard has been working in agency for over twenty years during which time has built up a significant and detailed knowledge of Pokesdown and house prices in Pokesdown. James is fully qualified with the industry recognised NFOPP qualifications in both sales and lettings.
Living in Pokesdown
Jason Skinner, Senior Partner at Clifftons comments ‘I used to live in Abinger Road in Pokesdown for nine years and enjoyed the area very much. Pokesdown is family orientated (mainly Victorian family houses) and I was on first name basis with most of my neighbours. I enjoyed the wide open spaces of Kings Park on the door step, local primary and secondary schools close by, Pokesdown train station and easy access to shopping, bistros & cafes. I enjoy golf (not that i’m any good) and Queens Park golf course was ten minutes away, practice makes perfect.’
Pokesdown, mainly BH5 postcode … is a unique suburb of Bournemouth and consists of Victorian houses attracting families with some good schools and is well known for antiques, vintage, and retro clothing.
The history of people living in Pokesdown dates right back to the Bronze age. In 1909 when Lock’s Field was being developed into what is now Hillbrow Road, Herbert Druitt of Christchurch obtained permission from the owner, Mr. F. Elcock, to excavate two barrows on the site, and a notable Bronze Age cremation cemetery was found. A number of urns were recovered, some of which were sent to the British Museum. In 1926 more urns were found around Harewood Avenue, and between Lascelles Road and Kings Park entrance.
In Norman times the area was part of the Liberty of Westover. A community formed in the shape of an agricultural settlement, the Pokesdown Farm, together with a small number of cottages for the farm workers situated adjoining the present Herberton Road, near its junction with Sunnyhill Road. Most of Pokesdown was on the higher plateau, which formed a tiny pan of the great heath. Life at the edge of the heath was not without benefits. Turf could be cut for fuel for fires and was free to all local inhabitants under the custom known as Turbary. There were also some grazing rights and honey was an important by-product of the bees which frequented the gorse and heather.
During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the district began to grow in association with the nearby Stourfield House.
Pokesdown railway station was opened in 1886 and quickly became the heart of the area.
In 1895 Pokesdown became an urban district, the boundaries were defined as running from the sea front to Wollstonecraft Road, and just east of Crabton Close Road, along south of Christchurch Road to Warwick Road, along the railway, crossed to take in Clarence Park, and over part of King’s Park to beyond Harewood Avenue. It then re-crossed Christchurch Road and the railway, running alongside the line to Cranleigh Road, after which it turned towards Southbourne Road, between Irving and Watcombe Roads. It then turned into Belle Vue Road and along Clifton Road to the sea front. Thus it included the Shelley, Portman, Stourwood and Stourfield Estates.
Pokesdown is a highly-desirable Bournemouth suburb which has seen something of a revival in recent years. It is known for its cultured, cosmopolitan feel, complete with a number of antique shops, boutiques and independent retailers. Yet it also offers ready access to modernamenities, including a number of educationalfacilities with strong reputations and a youth club which has recently undergone a multi-million pound transformation. This makes it a great place for old and young alike.