Bournemouth, situated on the south coast within the Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole borough of Dorset, England, is a coastal resort town. According to the 2011 census, the town’s urban subdivision recorded a population of 187,503, establishing it as the largest town in the county. It is integral to the South East Dorset conurbation, boasting a total population of 465,000.
Lewis Tregonwell founded Bournemouth in 1810. Initially an area of deserted heathland frequented by fishermen and smugglers, it evolved into a health resort. Bournemouth attained town status in 1870, experiencing significant growth following the introduction of the railway. Although geographically located in Dorset, historically, Bournemouth is associated with Hampshire.