Coastal Protection for Bournemouth
Gazing out to sea, and realising that two thirds of the planet is covered in water, is a humbling experience.
But it is good to know that sea level rise is limited to only about six inches a century and there is no evidence of increased storminess.
Barring an extreme climatic event, which is always possible and happened in the 1703 Great Storm for example, normal coastal maintenance (groynes, beach replenishment etc.) is likely to be adequate protection for Bournemouth.
This aerial shot reveals three particular points of interest:
FIRST to build the castle, the Normans realigned the original normal crossroads so that Wick Lane is offset from Castle street,
SECOND the bus turntable was still in use rear of Wick Lane and Church Street,
THIRD the most attractive and historic Square House (on Wick Lane corner which is now the location of Pizza Express etc.) had yet to be demolished.
Demonstration at Battle of Mudeford 1784 Re-enactment
On 30 October 2016, as part of the re-enactment, the Deeds of Arms Naval Gunnery Display took place at Mudeford Quay.
The original battle was a fierce one with a popular Navy man killed. The smugglers successfully distributed the contraband but left a crew list on board their abandoned ship. This oversight enabled the court case resulting in one of them being hanged, although he was not the one who fired the fatal shot.