67 High Street

I recently had an enquiry about number 67 High Street.  This is certainly an interesting building to look at however we did not have a great deal of existing information.

The census reveals that 67 High Street was uninhabited from 1841- 1871. After this Job Loader, an outfitter, ran the shop and lived with his large family in the same premises (probably upstairs in what is now 67a).  He is there in 1881 and the 1891 census shows Job Loader named as the head of the household and an outfitter, his wife is Martha and they have 5 children living with them; William who is an outfitters assistant, Alice a drapers assistant, Frederick, a clerk, Meta an apprentice at a stationers and Bessie who is still at school.  They also have one servant living in the house- Sarah a general domestic.  The premises had 7 rooms and the shop floor; this suggests that it was quite spacious, although there were potentially 8 people living there.

On 20th October 1895 Job passed away.  By this point he and his wife had left the shop premises and moved to Litton, Parkstone Road, Longfleet.  In his will Job left effects worth £2630 (this would have been around £150,000 today).  Job’s death was reported in the Poole and Dorset Herald of 24th October 1895; the news was “received with general regret by the townspeople.”  “Mr Loader who carried on for many years the business of outfitter, in High Street was never a prominent public man, but in the year 1892 he sought election on the Poole Town Council.”  He finally won a seat in 1893 and for two years maintained “a great deal of interest in town matters, and carried out his duties well.”

The report continues; “The demise will be especially felt by the Poole Wesleyan Church, with which the deceased was closely identified.  He took great interest in connection with the building of the new Church in Poole.  He has for a great number of years been Treasurer to the Poole Wesleyan Sunday School, so in that department also his assistance will be sorely missed.  Deceased was a Liberal in Politics.  He had been married twice and leaves behind him to mourn his loss a widow and eight children, one of whom is in Austrailia.  He was 60 years of age.”

Before his father’s death 67 High Street had been passed to his son, William Ewart Loader and we find him there with his wife on the 1911 census.  In his book Memories of Old Poole: Poole High Street, Andrew Hawkes writes that “c.1905 the large racing yachts had a full time racing crew and each member was fitted out with one shore suit, two sets of white or blue deck clothes and a set of waterproofs- shoes were purchased from Hawkes.  Loader was one of several shops in Poole that specialised in this trade.”

The image below is taken from Memories of Old Poole: Poole High Street © Andrew Hawkes.


67 High Street c.1905


William Ewart Loader and his wife had retired to Chamonix, Parkstone Road where he died on 16th December 1914.  He left effects worth £4172 (£180,000 today) From 1923- 1932 Henry Bennett a hatter occupied the premises and from 1934-1937 Halford Cycle Co were based there.  At this time 67a was also occupied by private individuals so it could have been a separate rental property.

67 High Street today

I wonder does anyone out there have any more information about this family or premises.


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2 Responses to 67 High Street

  1. Kate says:

    Hey there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m planning to start
    my own blog in the near future but I’m having a hard time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.

    P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

    • We use WordPress as the website address indicates! We have found it very flexible and easy to use. The only thing we have occasionally struggled with is putting images into the text but we can usually work it out with a bit of trial and error. Our ‘theme’ or design is called ‘Twenty Ten’. We chose this because ours is a historical blog and we thought the rather classic style was appropriate. We also liked the header which shows a slice through any photos you upload. You can have these photos changing in a random sequence. However depending on your subject, there are lots of themes to choose. You can also customise your blog with different widgets and facilities. When we started this we were both novice bloggers and managed to set this up without too much difficulty. I can’t advise about the other blog platforms as I don’t have any experience of them. Good luck! Jenny

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