Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)


For three years, from 1885-1887 Robert Louis Stevenson lived in the village of Westbourne, now a part of Bournemouth.

He had come to the town as its air was believed to be a good cure from Tuberculosis. Two of Stevenson's most famous books, 'Kidnapped', and 'Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' were written while he lived in the Dorset resort.

His house in Alum Chine Road was known as Skerryvore, named after a lighthouse built by his father-in-law off the west coast of Argyll.

Sadly the house was badly damaged by enemy bombing during the Second World War and was later demolished to its foundations which then formed the centre of a memorial garden to the author. In the grounds is a model of the famous lighthouse.

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