Category Archives: Events

From Pickaxe to Paver

Recently I came across an estimate from 1843 for repairing and ‘Macadamizing’ parts of the High Street and it made me think of the difference between the process of road surfacing today and in early Victorian times. Everyone who has … 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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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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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 and the Swash Channel Wreck

Now that the first artefacts from the 400 year old vessel wrecked in the Swash Channel are on display at Poole Museum, it is interesting to investigate the world of the 1620s and 1630s when the ship met her end. The early 17th … Continue reading

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A Century Ago

It was November 1913, a year before the outbreak of a devastating war. The East Dorset Herald was reporting the ‘Death of Dr. Russel Wallace – The Grand Old Man of Science’ at his residence, Old Orchard, Broadstone. From an … Continue reading

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Royal Occasions

Looking at this fascinating picture from Andrew Hawkes’ collection, showing an excited crowd for a royal visit in 1905, I thought I would do a bit of research into royal visits and celebrations from the past. The first visit that … Continue reading

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Wartime Stories

Part One- The Second Boer War In December 1899 the second Boer War caused an outburst of strong feeling in Poole.  High Street ‘was […] in a state of great excitement, and some lively scenes were there enacted.’  The agitation … Continue reading

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The Dolphin Centre: the beginnings

In 1957 radical discussions began about opening a covered in shopping centre in Poole.  In 1963 companies were invited to offer draft schemes to develop a shopping centre and the Council selected the scheme from the Arndale Property Trust.  The … Continue reading

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