Researcher and author who wrote the comprehensive story of Hengistbury Head. Free talk 22 April 2017 - see below.
Perhaps I have placed these three illustrations together because there may be some affinity between the curious stories of Bournemouth and Christchurch on the one
hand and the extraordinary recent experience of the UK Referendum. All three deal with the unexpected.
Road to Brexit is now written and was published on 22 January 2017. It looks at the whole affair including the political background, the publicity of the campaign,
the arguments, motivations, voting figures and not least, captures what was being said at the time. It is impartial throughout, so leaving the reader to test their own opinions against those of the
other side. Ending as it does on the day after the vote of 23 June 2016, there is no reflection of post-Brexit politics. Whatever one's views about the outcome, it is fair to say that the Referendum
was both a huge exercise in democracy and an emotional rollercoaster. The simplest way to buy it (price £5.50) may be to visit Amazon and search on "Road to Brexit".
The two books about town curiosities are the result of quite an effort to track down the stuff which has either never been published, or if it has, will benefit from
some fresh information. For example, the 1805 Inclosure Award meant that most of the land in what is now Bournemouth, was provided to very few people at very low figures, such as £5 per acre. With
the benefit of hindsight, it is what Frank Sinatra would call "nice work if you can get it." Similarly, it was amazing to find out that the road to Christchurch Quay runs right through the former
stone-built monastery almshouse whose stone walls actually face the road on both sides. That land was thus used to help the poor in the fourteenth century but to help the traffic today.