Christchurch, The River Avon c.1955

Memories of Christchurch

I spent many enjoyable school holidays in this town.  My Uncle had a store called Staggs the Drapery and clothing store.  Back then we used to spend many an hour wondering over to the Quay & the Priory.  We also used to take the ferry over the Avon into Southbourne where my Aunt lived. Then we would walk to (...Read full memory)

I moved to Boscombe near Christchurch in 1954 when my father's job with Williams Deacons Bank took him to their newly opened Bournemouth Branch. I was amazed! I was just eight years old and all I had ever really known in the way of public transport were the London Transport red or green buses, (...Read full memory)

View of priory.

The Ferryman in this photo of Blackwater Ferry is my two times great grandfather; Edward Gregory. Former Hampshire County Police Constable, Edward took over the running of the Ferry and the Tea Rooms (it used to sell beer too) on his retirement from the Police force, along with his wife Jane. The Ferry was an important quick route into Bournemouth, via Holdenhurst.

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