While photographing around the Bournemouth Airshow last weekend with artist Dr Stephen Riley, by chance we were invited into Westover and Bournemouth Rowing Club for a balcony view of the show. I wasn't planning on photographing the aircraft but the invitation into the building proved fortuitous.
The coastal rowing club was founded in 1865 and is not usually open to the general public. Unfortunately, the council has asked the club to vacate the building by the end of the month, and the building will be redeveloped. The building includes features designed by Bournemouth architect, H. E. Hawker.
The club's boats have relocated to Hengistbury Head but plans for a new club building in Bournemouth are subject to the club finding sufficient funds…
I've walked past the club, near Bournemouth Pier, many hundreds of times, so it was good to see inside before it closes.
All photographs copyright Paul Russell, 2011