"You can't really know where you are going until you know where you have been" - Maya Angelou
We're moving onto our next chapter and out of the Pokesdown Centre!
To celebrate our time in this beautiful building, we have collated some bits & pieces of historical interest. Please browse through at your leisure and learn more about the fascinating history of this charming 19th Century building.
The Pokesdown Centre was originally 'Pokesdown Science, Art and Technical School' - The school was founded in 1897 and the dazzling building was erected in 1898.
Encouraged by the success of classes, the Committee felt more ample accommodation was neccessary and made unofficial approaches to the District Council to see whether the Council would build the premises. The Council were unable to consider such a venture in view of its already existing commitments, and in these circumstances a number of local people undertook to erect a school.
A good site was obtained at Christchurch Road at the corner of Hannington Road, and on 5th July 1898 plans were prepared by the Boscombe architect Mr James Morley were approved
When the Bournemouth Local Education Authority was formed in 1903, the Education Committee (EC) rented the premises for £100 a year, and continued the classes there until the opening of the Muncipal College at the Lansdowne in 1913. The EC also established in the building a centre for cookery classes for girls from several local schools from 1908, and a similar centre for woodwork for the boys.
For a few months after the opening of the Muncipal College, the hall was used as a cinema under the name 'Clarence Cinema', but this use terminated in March 1915. The acommodation was also used for a clinic and for a time as a meals centre for necessitous children. During the earlier part of the second war from 1939, the National Society's Training College for Domestic Science was evacuated to Bournemouth and used the Pokesdown Technical School. After the war, the Education Committee no longer needed the premises and the building became the property of the Bournemouth Health Committee, from whom it was absorbed into the National health service in 1948. It was used as a clinic and for many years the basement was used as a club for teenagers.