Bournemouth’s Dutch house under threat

To  leave the Borough of Poole on the coast path you climb out of Branksome Dene Chine and turn into Sandbourne Road. The first striking building is number 37 across the road.

It is a Cape Dutch-style house with a blue roof and a beautifully carved window frame on the first floor.

I am told that it was built in the Thirties by an English woman who had lived in Holland but fearing war wanted to come home. She planned a green roof but in 1932 the builder had difficulty sourcing any green tiles quickly.

After the Second World War her sister lived at the house which, unusually for the area, has a garden running to the top of the cliff.

Now the house is empty and looking neglected. Worse news is that there is  a planning application to replace it  with a modern building. The official deadline for objections is the end of this week.

See page 27.

About Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts is an experienced walker and has known the local coastline since childhood. He is the author of many successful walking guides.
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