Tuckton, (west of Christchurch), has grown up around the lowest bridging point on the river Stour, but perhaps inevitably the original village has pretty well disappeared under the expansion of Bournemouth.

The water works built in 1857, have an unlikely literary association. Russian exiles, including a friend of the novelist Tolstoy, took them over as a printing works in 1897, and until 1908 printed, (in Russian), the works of Tolstoy which were forbidden in Russia. They called themselves the Free Age Press, as a plaque on the building records.

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