People who have lived in Bournemouth or the surrounding area.

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Sir Donald Coleman Bailey was an engineer, best known for being the inventor of the Bailey Bridge, without which Field Marshall Montgomery said “we could not have won the war”. He was born in Rotherham on 15th September 1901 and graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1923 with a […]

Sir Donald Bailey

Mark Austin was a one time editor of the Bournemouth Echo and is now a television newsreader for ITN. As a reporter Mark has covered the handover of Hong Kong to China, the election of Nelson Mandela, and presented the first series of Survivor in the UK. Other Sites About […]

Mark Austin

Hands up anyone who has never heard of J.R.R. Tolkien? All hands down as I imagined, and of course practically everyone knows the author of The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings, especially with the recent film adaptations of these amazing books about Middle Earth. Tolkien came to Bournemouth on […]

J.R.R. Tolkein

Flora Thompson who is best known for her trilogy Lark Rise To Candleford lived in the Bournemouth suburb of Winton from 1903 until a few months after her brother was killed in Belgium in 1916, when they moved to Liphook in Hampshire and where the Lark Rise books were later […]

Flora Thompson

There are not many people who lived through the middle years of the 20th century who will not have heard some of the best loved songs from The Mantovani Orchestra, which was founded and led by Annunzio Paulo Mantovani. Mantovani was born in Venice, Italy in 1905, and in 1909 […]

Annunzio Paulo Mantovani

Amanda Holden is a well known actress and television presenter in the UK, and has appeared in television shows that include the ITV drama series Wild At Heart, Big Top, The Grimleys, Hearts And Bones as well as being a judge on Britain’s Got Talent. She was born in Bishops […]

Amanda Holden

One of the UK’s best known commedians and known worldwide, Benny Hill also has a connection with Bournemouth. Although Benny Hill was born in Shirley in Southampton in 1924, during the Second World War he was evacuated to Bournemouth School in Bournemouth, to avoid the bombing, since Southampton is a […]

Benny Hill

Karen Hardy was born in Weymouth, 30 miles west of Bournemouth in 1970. She began dancing at 5 years old after her parents moved to Bournemouth, and is now a professional ballroom dancing coach, having retired from dancing in 1999. During her career Karen and her dancing partner Bryan Watson […]

Karen Hardy

Tony Hancock is one of the best known British comedians and actors, whose shows like Hancock’s Half Hour are now British comedy classics. He was born in Birmingham in 1924, but three years later his family moved south to Bournemouth, where his father worked as an entertainer at the Railway […]

Tony Hancock