Christchurch

Christchurch is a borough and town in the county of Dorset on the south coast of England. The town adjoins Bournemouth in the west and the New Forest lies to the east.

Christchurch was founded in the 7th century at the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour which flow into Christchurch Harbour. The town was originally named Twynham but became known as Christchurch following the construction of the priory in 1094.

During the 18th and 19th centuries smuggling flourished in Christchurch and became one of the town’s most lucrative industries. The town was heavily fortified during Second World War as a precaution against an expected invasion and in 1940 an Airspeed factory was established on the town’s airfield which manufactured aircraft for the Royal Air Force.

The town’s harbour, beaches, nature reserves and historically important buildings have made Christchurch a popular tourist destination attracting some 1.5 million visitors a year. Bournemouth Airport, an international airport which handles approximately 800,000 passengers a year, is located within the borough boundary at Hurn.

Christchurch affords a unique location at the confluence of the rivers Stour and Avon. The shores of its own spectacular natural harbour makes it the perfect destination to relax and unwind.  Close to the magnificent Dorset World Heritage Coast and the tranquil New Forest National Park, Christchurch is only a short drive from Bournemouth and Poole. There is a diverse mix of fascinating heritage, beautiful coastline and countryside.

Urban & Country Homes are proud to be selling and letting property and serving the people of Christchurch.

For Christchurch council tax band checker visit www.direct.gov.gov.uk

For local schools visit www.alltheschools.com/dorset/christchurch.htm

For council inquiries including planning visit www.dorsetforyou.com/Christchurch

 

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