Berkeleys launches heritage property exhibition in Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset

Press Release   •   May 21, 2012 12:04 BST

Berkeleys has unveiled a local heritage exhibition in recognition of 21 years of property sales in Canford Cliffs Village, Poole.  The opening occasion was attended by Her Worshipful the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Mrs. Carol Evans, The Rt Hon. Robert Syms, MP and Councillor Mrs. May Haines, Canford Cliffs Ward along with over one hundred guests.

The exhibition entitled, “Local History, Local Heritage: Canford Cliffs, Branksome Park, Sandbanks,” is hosted at Berkeleys offices. Historical imagery and photographs are on display, many dating back to the early 1900s. The main theme connecting the pieces is the celebration of local natural history and residential property architecture.  The exhibition reflects on the lasting legacy left by these heritage assets today. Some photographs are revealed to the public for the first time. Properties with a historical story to tell are being featured in the exhibition. These were selected from the 1500 plus properties that Berkeleys has sold in the area over the past 21 years.

 “Looking back through the history of this beautiful area, we realised that the heritage assets that drew home buyers to Canford Cliffs a century ago, hold very much the same allure today,” says Berkeleys Director, Adrian Black. “The chines, the pines, the gardens, the coastal landscape and the outstanding architecture – in particular 1930s Modernist and Art Deco buildings - all contribute to what makes this area so attractive and enduring.”

 Berkeleys has teamed up with local historian Iris Morris and the Andrew Hawkes Poole Photographic Archive to provide these valuable insights into the local area. Iris Morris has published books on the history of Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks. Andrew Hawkes has amassed an exceptional archive of photography of old Poole and regularly publishes local area titles. Additional insights have been given by the Canford Cliffs Land Society, local Residents Associations and local residents.

“The Berkeleys team has a fantastic knowledge of the local area and looking through our own archives, we have been able to trace many of today’s well-known residential buildings back to their original plots and architecture.” continued Adrian Black, “The exhibition begins with an insight into the sale of the first land plots for development in the late 1880s.”

 The presentation of Berkeleys heritage exhibition is particularly poignant as it opens at a time when Poole Council seeks to develop a 25 year strategic plan for the future of the beaches considering leisure facilities and existing assets. The council has asked for ideas to increase income and private investment whilst conserving the natural beauty of the cliffs and seashore.

 The exhibition, located at 1-3 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset, UK, is open to the public and will run until mid-July, 2012.

Berkeleys property agent has been established in Canford Cliffs for 21 years. Berkeleys specializes in marketing high end, residential homes within the Canford Cliffs, Sandbanks and Branksome Park regions of Poole, Dorset. Enjoying prominent visibility located at the gateway to Canford Cliffs Village, the brand name stands for quality, a trusted reputation and personal service. Berkeleys is a member of the Guild of Professional Estate Agents - linking it to London and over 600 offices nationwide - and is a regulated by the RICS.