Mystery of the Winton Beehive
If you happened to read the January 2006 edition
of the Bournemouth Council publication BH Life you would
have discovered that Winton once had its own coat of arms. The
same information is repeated in Wikipedia.
The article mentions the old Winton Urban District
Council which existed at the turn of the last century. It says
that "the Council adopted a beehive for its logo, to show
how the area was buzzing with activity."
It is a compelling piece of information and we set
out to track down the mystery coat of arms. It was nowhere to
be found. In fact we were unable to find any authoritative reference
to it. Then we found this .........
It's a beehive coat of arms and it is on a very
official looking building at end of Alma Road at the junction
of Richmond Park Road and Charminster Road.
Could this have been the old Winton Urban District
Well actually no. Until fairly recently it was a
Lloyds Bank. And it appears that the hive is found on old Lloyds
buildings all around the country. Below is a shot of a similar,
but older, feature on the former Lloyds Bank building in Burslem,
Looks like somebody may have got confused. And to
add another confusing twist to the story, the authoritative "History
of Lloyds Bank 1918-1969" was written by a chap called J