Skerryvore Garden

Skerryvore Garden
Photo: John Best

Skerryvore Garden is located in Bournemouth and is dedicated to the author Robert Louis Stevenson.

Robert Louis Stevenson moved to Bournemouth in 1884. The following year, he moved into ‘Seaview’, a house in Westbourne, renamed ‘Skerryvore’ after Skerryvore Lighthouse that his uncle Alan had built in 1844. He lived here with his wife, Fanny, between 1884 and 1887.

While he was living in Westbourne, he wrote the ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, published in 1886, with the character Mr Poole named after the neighbouring town.  After years of ill health, he left Bournemouth in 1887.

Skerryvore Garden

‘Skerryvore’ was destroyed in November 1940, the only building to be hit by a German air raid.

In the 1950s a memorial garden was created with a stone model of Skerryvore Lighthouse.

The plaque reads:

This garden was designed and constructed by the Bournemouth Corporation in 1957 as a memorial to Robert Louis Stevenson who occupied the house on this site from April 1885 until August 1887. The house, which was destroyed by enemy bombing on 16th November 1940, was named after the Skerryvore Lighthouse built by the Stevenson family firm on the Argyle coast and from which this model is copied.

Stevenson wrote many books whilst residing at “Skerryvore”, including “Kidnapped” and “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”.

Skerryvore Garden

By 2019 the garden had fallen into disrepair and was later restored by volunteers.

The road opposite the garden is aptly named R L Stevenson Avenue.

Skerryvore Gardens