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Poole Plaques – How Unfortunate was Monmouth?

The number of information plaques in Poole has multiplied recently, giving  speaker, Steve Roberts, quite a challenge in tackling the subject at his talk on 15th February at Poole Museum. The latest crop of bright blue discs adds to the … Continue reading

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Poole in Flames

The 15th century was a time of recovery in Dorset as elsewhere after the ravages of the Black Death and later plague outbreaks and the destruction of the hundred years war. This recovery is the theme of a talk at … 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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Poole’s Other Town Cellars?

Forty years ago, an excavation in the heart of the old town of Poole allowed archaeologists a glimpse of the medieval town, its domestic life and commerce. It also provided a mystery  by revealing the foundations of an ancient stone … Continue reading

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From the Angel to the Globe

This Christmas, Poole Museum are selling some special Christmas cards which celebrate Poole and the High Street in the 1930’s. The cards show the lower High Street with H.P. Smith and others examining the walls of Scaplen’s Court. There is also another … Continue reading

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George Garland and the Garland Family

One of High Street’s notable residents in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century was the merchant George Garland who owned the house formerly belonging to John Masters (now Nos. 109-113). Born in 1753, he was the son of a … Continue reading

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