Catch a glimpse of life in the 17th century this Saturday 20th September at Poole Museum’s Civil War Day. Themed activities, re-enactments and demonstrations will be taking place at Scaplen’s Court (opposite the Museum, 4, High Street) between 11 am and 3 pm and entry is free.
As a Civil War garrison town Poole played an important local part in the conflict, holding out for Parliament even when most of Dorset had been taken by the Royalists. In 1643, the King’s forces tried to take the town and there was a dramatic skirmish in front of the towngate (near the site of the present railway crossing). Soldiers from Poole took part in the siege of Corfe Castle and the capture of Wareham as well as carrying out several successful raids on Royalist bands. Scaplen’s Court was then the George Inn and probably accommodated some of the troops, as graffiti on one of the old fireplaces suggests.
See the world of 400 years ago – the world of the Swash Channel wreck – brought back to life for the day.