is a town in Dorset
with a population of about 35,000. It was originally a Saxon
settlement called Twyneham, which meant the settlement between two rivers. The Avon
and the Stour
both enter the sea in Christchurch Harbour.
The town centre is dominated by the Priory. Christchurch forms part of the Southeast Dorset conurbation along with Bournemouth, Poole and the district of Wimborne, (see Wimborne Minster).