Whilst the main parts of Bournemouth are relatively new, the villages of Throop and Holdenhurst, situated on the edge of the town, are much older, and Holdenhurst (originally Holeest, meaning Holly Copse) is referred to in the Domesday Book. Their conservation status reflects their importance in the local area.
Grade II listed Throop Mill is set on the River Stour, and whilst redundant now, it is believed that there has been a mill of some sort there since the 11th century. There are lovely footpaths around the area, and Throop Fishery is renowned for having some of the best barbel and chub fishing in the country. It is fished by members of Ringwood & DAA or day tickets are available.
There are many interesting residential buildings, and one of our favourites is Muccleshell Farm House, with parts dating back to 1587, it is believed to be the oldest complete structure in Bournemouth. Original gas street lights are a notable and very unusual feature of the area too. Apparently the village is one of the few places in the country where they can be found, and still on their original columns too.
Holdenhurst is very much a farming and residential area now, with cottages of timber frame and cob construction, some with thatched roofs. At the heart of the village is St Johns church and the village green.
A major development called The Green was added to Throop in the late 1900s, centred around this lovely village green and pond. It's a great place to live, being very close to countryside walks, etc, yet within easy reach of schools, shops and transport links.
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