The Ducking Stool

14 December 2020

I thought it was all over, but it might not be. Today there is an article in the Bournemouth Echo describing neighbourhood discontent and possible issues with planning. I hope not. Before nine this morning staff were already working hard with the preparation. There is another picture below, without men on ladders, and a tiny part of a large van on the left, which had just arrived. I mention this as, though I addressed a pleasant remark to him, he did not seem very happy. Perhaps he was one of its critics!

Here is one of the comments: Objectors have warned approving plans for The Ducking Stool to open as late as 10pm seven days a week from the former tea rooms would create “yet another alcohol-fuelled trauma”. I suspect that would be exaggerating slightly! You can read the whole article here (in a new window).

Today’s picture. You can just see part of the van!

10 December 2020

What a transformation. It looks like it is now going to be a restaurant, and I was very impressed. Just in time for Christmas!The final picture shows a very smartly-dressed lady, presumably preparing for the opening.

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13 July 2020

Now the windows are in.


2 July 2020

It looks much better now. They’re working hard.


6 June 2020 – Progress, at Last

This was the scene yesterday. As you can see, the conversion is under way. I glanced in through the door as I passed, and it was gutted, full of rubble. Check out the full details of this below.


25 April 2019 – Conversion Planned

You may remember the old Ducking Stool restaurant, just off Milhams Street. The header picture at the top shows the view from there.

It will be converted into a house.

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A plan has been approved by the Council for: Substantive demolition of existing building with retention of the existing westerly facing walls to form a single dwellinghouse.

The details are here. Click on View Documents to see the relevant information. There are a lot of them!

Here is what the building should look like:

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