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The largest resort in Dorset, Bournemouth is actually less than 200 years old having 'started' as a single guest house located in an isolated spot amongst heathland dunes in 1811. The resort initially grew slowly until when in the 1870's it was connected to the rail network. Prior to that point in time, the nearest railway station for any visitors wishing to travel to Bournemouth from London was Wimborne Minster!
By 2001 the population of Bournemouth had grown to approx. 163,000 (source: National Statistics Office) and the town is now one of the premier holiday resorts on the south coast of England, at its busiest and liveliest during the summer months.