Bournemouth is a resort in Hampshire
on the English Channel
about 107 miles southwest of London. Bournemouth is situated on the semicircular Poole Bay, at the mouth of the stream Bourne, from which it derives its name. Until the middle of the 19th century, Bournemouth was a fishing village with a population of a few hundred. Its position on the coast and in the pine-sheltered valley of the Bourne, combined with its equable climate, fine stretches of sand, and magnificent views, contributed to a remarkably rapid growth and its fame as a resort.