Category Archives: People

Wallace – Collector and Scientist

This article is a taster for the talk at Poole Museum ‘Alfred Russel Wallace: the Poole Years’ by Mike Brooke on Saturday 23rd July at 2.30pm which accompanies the World of Wallace exhibition currently showing in the Museum. (Tickets for the … 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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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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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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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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The Inventory of a Poole Sea Captain

Nicholas Efford was a Poole seaman who prospered during the second half of the 17th century and, like many others, made money in the Newfoundland salt cod trade. The first reference to him that I have found was in a … Continue reading

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A Poole Peeler

I feel quite guilty that I haven’t posted anything on the blog for quite a while. I have been distracted by the book, having at last finished the main text (yippee!). However this is far from the end of the … Continue reading

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Beech Hurst

As the most eye-catching and iconic building in High Street, Beech Hurst has cropped up quite a few times on this blog but surprisingly never as the main feature. For over 200 years it has presented its imposing façade to … Continue reading

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At the Sign of the White Hart

Some interesting family history research by Margaret West and a family connection, Toban Wild in Australia, has inspired me to put something down about the history of the White Hart. There have been two inns in High Street known by the … Continue reading

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