Bournemouth bôrnˈməth [key], borough and unitary authority (2021 pop. 163,600), S central England, on Poole Bay. It has grown since the middle of the 19th cent. from a small fishing village in the sheltered, pine-wooded valley of the Bourne to a popular resort and fine-arts center. It has an excellent sandy beach, a temperate climate, and numerous parks. The writer Mary Shelley is buried in the city's parish churchyard.

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