Monthly Archives: July 2012

A Mysterious Rider

Under the headline ‘Penny Farthing Dashes through Poole’, the Poole and Parkstone Standard reported the following in 1936. ‘A middle-aged man dashed down Poole High Street on an unsually tall penny farthing cycle on Saturday morning. Calmly smoking a pipe, … Continue reading

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1903 and 2012

Considering the enormous changes in the retail trades over the 20th century, I thought it would be interesting to compare the experience of shopping in the High Street in 1903 with what it is like today. Would there be a … Continue reading

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Now and Then – Lower High Street

This picture was probably taken about 1860, showing the bottom of High Street where it turns sharply to meet the Quay. On the left is a row of cottages, converted into shops and beyond them an old store on the … Continue reading

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