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Charity and Luxury – Lady Cornelia of Canford

Lady Cornelia On 25th May 1868 a marriage ceremony was held in St. James’ Piccadilly in the presence of dukes, earls, marquises, viscounts and other members of Britain’s social élite. The 20-year old bride, Lady Cornelia Henrietta Maria Spencer-Churchill, wore … Continue reading

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Only Connect Quiz Answers

I hope you managed to solve the clues and they weren’t too obscure. Connections Red squirrels / Blue Lagoon / Yellow buses / Greenslades ( the connection is, of course, colours) These are all the names of past or present … Continue reading

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Only Connect Poole & Dorset Christmas Quiz

If you are a fan of the fiendish TV quiz, you might like to have a go at this local version over Christmas. I hope it is not as difficult to solve as it was to compile! Drop me an … Continue reading

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Wreck and Mayhem on the Dorset Coast

Some time before noon on Saturday 11th December 1641, a Dutch vessel called the Golden Grape was driven ashore in foul weather and cast away on Chesil Beach near the village of Wyke. Seven crew members were drowned. The inhabitants … Continue reading

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The Skutt family of 17th Century Poole

Throughout a turbulent century, the Skutt family was at the heart of events in Poole. The family was a large one with the habit of using certain common Christian names, George, William, Thomas, Joseph and Benjamin, so it is sometimes … Continue reading

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Too Radical for Poole?

Debates about politics and society are nothing new. A talk at Poole Museum on Saturday 26th September at 2.30 pm by writer, broadcaster and activist, John Rees, will take the audience back over 350 years to a time when England … Continue reading

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Epidemic!

Two outbreaks of deadly disease in Poole, 300 years apart: they were viewed in radically different ways by those who lived through them and yet there were similarities in the way the authorities struggled to cope in frightening circumstances. Find … Continue reading

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Poole – A Ceramic Celebration

With its plentiful supplies of clay, the Poole area has been involved in pottery making since pre-historic times and the town has many examples of ceramic decoration, from Victorian chimneys, finials and paths to 1920s tiled welcome signs and modern commemorative plaques. Find an … Continue reading

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Lady Mary Bankes and the fall of Corfe Castle

The romantic ruin of Corfe Castle has, of course only been a ruin since 1646 when it was deliberately destroyed by Parliamentary forces. This is the well-known story of the siege and fall of Corfe, but with a slightly alternative … Continue reading

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Poole, South Carolina and the Slave Trade

In taxation records of the mid 18th century, one of the most valuable properties on High Street was a house and malthouse owned by Mr Courtin, probably at No. 16 or 18. The family were associated with the property from … Continue reading

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