(west of Christchurch), has grown up around the lowest bridging point on
the river Stour, but perhaps inevitably the original village has pretty
well disappeared under the expansion of Bournemouth.
water works built in 1857, have an unlikely literary association.
Russian exiles, including a friend of the novelist Tolstoy, took them
over as a printing works in 1897, and until 1908 printed, (in Russian),
the works of Tolstoy which were forbidden in Russia. They called
themselves the Free Age Press, as a plaque on the building records.