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|Christchurch High Street is probably not
that different to many around the Country other than it is ours and is an
extension to the other beautiful areas described in this web site. Unlike many
other High Streets in the Country ours has not been destroyed by 'Consultants'
who specialise is changing our old town centres into 1960's pig's ear's in an
attempt to popularise the decaying communities failing due to the over
enthusiastic development of out of town shopping malls. Well the truth is
someone has had a go and we have Saxon Square which is not all bad but not what
a boy remembers.
The High Street retains much of its recent history including the reintroduction of the Monday Market, there are all the usual banks, a pub, library, the tourist board and of course a chippy. On the right a little off the middle is what remains of the Old Town Hall, behind it sits Saxon Square. Almost opposite the Old Town Hall our library is set back behind the bus stops, the tourist centre is also on the left in the area of the Regents Centre.
Find the HSBC and down the alley from there the Bank car park and the Wishing Well cafe. At the end of the road the undergrowth hides the by-pass roundabout. To the right just before the roundabout is the Dragon Chinese takeaway and beyond that Bath Travel, not only specialising in foreign travel but also local excursions.
Not far from the book shop, Bookends,at the other end of town, is the towns chippy, worth a visit when you are in town. The Ship Inn is about halfway down the High Street, just refurbished I have not yet been in to see what its like.
Just beyond The Ship Inn is Millham Street and my route of that name. To the left and just past the library is the alley to Driut Gardens, a quiet place to eat those chips. Either side of the Regents Centre, the town's cinema in my youth, is an alley way taking you back to Wick Lane car park, one of 3 places to park when you visit Christchurch town centre.
Walk the length of the High Street and cross the By-pass to see Bargates which is the area beyond the the main town, several interesting shops, the local angling shop and Castles our traditional ironmongers.
At the other end, off the roundabout outside the George Inn, is Wick lane, a few unusual shops and the Thomas Tripp pub. The latter is a good place to eator have a pint. A dark pub inside it has character and good local beer. The garden is small, unusual and pleasant.