Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Church and Marshalsea Rate

From the time of Elizabeth I, each parish in the country was responsible for supporting its own poor inhabitants, so long as they were considered genuinely needy and not just idle. The wealthier citizens of the town were taxed to … Continue reading

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The Perils of Horse Power

Reported in the Poole and East Dorset Herald 23rd October 1851: ‘On Saturday last, Mr Nicholl, Auctioneer and Surveyor, of this town, was returning in a gig with a gentleman whom he had driven into the country to look at … Continue reading

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Thomas Joyner, craftsman, artist, musician, inventor

In 1927, the Poole and East Dorset Herald announced the death of long-time High Street trader, Thomas Joyner, who kept an antiques and curios shop at No.185 just opposite the Ansty Arms. According to the newspaper he died in his … Continue reading

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When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall

For most of its history the High Street has been a green place with lots of open spaces between the buildings, gardens, orchards and many trees. All this started to change as the street got more built up in the … Continue reading

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