Category Archives: General

Walking down High Street

Ever since the coaching age (if not before), High Street has been congested and sometimes dangerous. Even if the street often looks quiet on old photographs, there are accounts of many accidents involving horses, carts, coaches and pedestrians, not surprisingly … Continue reading

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Burglary in the High Street

In the final days of the 19th century, a daring burglary was carried out in the High Street which involved a desperate struggle, the use of the very latest technology and shots being fired on the streets of Bournemouth to … Continue reading

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Water, Wells and Pumps

The King’s Head had a pump on the 1888 map For hundreds of years, water was provided to High Street residents through a number of wells which supplied drinkable water, even though they were so close to the sea. To … Continue reading

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Shopping in the Town of Poole

The advent of the Arndale Centre, now the Dolphin Centre, in Poole was regarded by many as a threat to small traders and the High Street. The coming of supermarkets and national chain-stores could indeed be regarded as a mixed … Continue reading

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Monks, merchants, kings and gas fitters

On the north east of the corn market, at no 44 High Street, the site later occupied by the ironmonger Bacon and Curtis, was once an old house with stone mullion windows. This building was known as the Priory and in his history of Poole, H.P. … Continue reading

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Cold Nights and Coffee bars

The swinging sixties remained a future phenomenon, the Arndale Centre was yet to invade the developer’s drawing board, and Poole High Street noisily bustled about its way as it had done for centuries. At the top of the town just … Continue reading

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The Albatross

I have just read an intriguing new book which is set partly in Poole and partly in Scotland (with a couple of voyages to Australia added in). The Albatross by Dorothy Field tells the story of several interrelated families in the late … Continue reading

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