Bournemouth started life as a seaside spa in the mid-nineteenth century, where people came to “take the waters” that bubbled up naturally in springs around the town as therapy for various illnesses. The town then blossomed into a resort area and today still remains a favorite for tourists, with the mild climate providing ample opportunity to enjoy the city’s beaches.

Bournemouth, until recently, had a feeling of calm and gentility about it. It had many famous and monied residents, wanting a place to retire to, or hide away in. It was seen as a genteel resort, a place of relaxation and quiet enjoyment among like-minded people.

Tolkien and his wife spent a good deal of time at the Hotel Miramar, on the cliffs overlooking the town. For more informationi about the hotel, click here.

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