Monthly Archives: July 2011

Poole History Online

Poole History Online  enables Poole residents, and anyone around the world who can trace their ancestry to the town or has an interest in its rich history, to discover a wealth of local heritage information and images. The website’s rich … Continue reading

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A Music Maker

In the 1751 rate assessment described in the last posting on the blog, one of the residents of the High Street was William Knapp, the Parish Clerk of St. James. Probably a glove maker by trade, Knapp became Clerk in … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of the Georgian High Street

In 1751, retired businessman and local historian Sir Peter Thompson commissioned a detailed street map of Poole, the first for over 100 years. In the same year, a rate assessment was drawn up listing the names and properties of people … Continue reading

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A 17th Century House

Peter Hiley was a 17th century Poole merchant, shipowner, property owner and brewer who served as Mayor in 1662 and 1669. When he died in 1673, an inventory was taken of his High Street house and its contents which allows … Continue reading

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Murder at Poole

On the 21st May 1886 Alderman and deputy leader of the Poole Liberal Party, Horatio Hamilton, was shot at point blank range as he left a committee meeting at the Guildhall. On 22nd May 1886 the Times reported: “Yesterday at Poole, … Continue reading

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