Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Belle Vue Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth
|The only church in Deco style anywhere around Bournemouth and Poole, and how splendid an example, retaining the standard |
Gothic pattern of tower and nave, but produced through a Modernist filter: hence its massive tower and the dramatic soaring
west window and the concrete 'arches' over the western doors. I haven't managed to get inside yet. Nevertheless Bournemouth
is rather lucky to have something like this. The architect, says Pevsner, was Frederick W Lawrence, and the date 1930. He's
quite complimentary about it, though you might argue that 'a good example of its date' is a double-edged comment.
This part of Bournemouth yields few Deco buildings, though Belle Vue Road itself has the unspectacular Clifton Court and Bolton
Court, and the Chez Nick restaurant at 186 Seabourne Road is a very nice shop frontage in red brick and concrete which retains
its jazzy signboard and fitting for a flagpole. I wonder what it used to be?