Category Archives: People

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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What the Eye Don’t See

I’ve often wondered what the building which is now Bonmarché (No 127/9) used to look like in the past, as the books say it was built as a mansion house in the 18th century. It turns out that it was … Continue reading

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Vanished High Street

One of the most detailed maps of Poole is the 1888 ‘5 foot plan’ or 1:500 scale map. Following the map down High Street from the George Inn to the Quay we can find many vanished buildings and institutions. The … Continue reading

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Nesta Mary Looker, 82, High Street

On the 21st May 1918, Nesta Mary Looker enrolled in the Women’s Royal Air Force. She was twenty-one years old at the time and although she had been born in Glastonbury, she had recently moved down to Poole along with … Continue reading

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Views and News

While researching the history of High Street, one important source impossible to overlook is John Sydenham’s History of the Town and County of Poole published in 1839. The Poole and Dorset Herald (first issue 1846) and the short lived Poole … Continue reading

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