St Ambrose Church, West Cliff Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset
From early meetings in Middle Road and Seamoor House, through a temporary structure while a mission church (now Alumhurst Day Centre) was built, to the present parish church that celebrated its centenary with the millennium, St Ambrose has been at the spiritual heart of Westbourne.

The present site, at the top of Alum Chine, was the gift of Mr Cooper Dean. The 15th century Perpendicular design was by Charles Hodgson Fowler, then consulting architect to Durham Cathedral, with reredos and font cover by Temple Moore.

The foundation stone was laid on 20th October, 1898, by Mrs Abel Smith (wife of the local MP). Messrs Bowman of Stamford were the builders. The church was dedicated on 10th October, 1900, by Rt Rev Randall Davidson GCVO, PC, Bishop of Winchester. Eleven days later the saintly Dr Edward King (now commemorated in the Church of England's lectionary) preached in St Ambrose' Church on the text: "In this place will I give peace." With the tower completed and the debt paid off the church was Consecrated by Dr E H Ryle, Bishop of Winchester, on 14th May, 1907. The district was gazetted as a separate parish in October, 1921, and the first separate Parish Magazine appeared in April, 1922.

The freehold Vicarage was built behind the church, without aid from the Diocese, designed by Reynolds & Tomlins to a detailed specification by the PCC, and built by F Hoare & Sons in 1929.
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