Christchurch is a borough and town on the south coast of Dorset, England. Bournemouth lies to the west and the New Forest the east of the town. The town’s harbour, beaches, nature reserves and historic buildings have made Christchurch a popular tourist destination attracting some 1.5 million visitors a year. Bournemouth Airport is located within the borough boundary at Hurn.
Christchurch has a Monday Market held in the car free High Street and Saxon Square. Featuring stalls selling a variety of produce including fruit and vegetables, fish, household items and pet accessories.
Christchurch town was originally named Twynham but became known as Christchurch following the construction of the priory in 1094. The town developed into an important trading port and was fortified in the 9th century. Further defences were added in the 12th century with the construction of a castle which was destroyed by the Parliamentarian Army during the English Civil War. During the 18th and 19th centuries smuggling flourished in Christchurch and became one of the town’s most lucrative industries.