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Description of Bournemouth
Bournemouth today is one of Britain's leading holiday towns but 200 years ago it was a very different place. Until the 19th century, the town as we know did not exist, even as a village. People have lived in area for thousands years, this is known because prehistoric tools, pottery and human skull have been found by archaeologists in parts of Bournemouth.
In 1800 the area was heathland with a few sandy tracks (see Bournemouth 1819). The deserted beach was popular with smugglers because they could land their cargo in safety without being caught.
The town originated in 1810 when retired army officer Lewis Tregonwell
decided to build a house on this pretty stretch of the Dorset coast.
As the threat of tuberculosis began to fade by the late 19th century
the town began to be less of a convalescent resort for sick people.