A History of Poole, by Cecil N. Cullingford
Published by Phillimore in 2003, 258 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N3193)
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Poole has been an important harbour since Roman times. By 1248, the crusading Lord of Canford had given the town its first charter of self-government, after which it quickly became a major port and the principal town of a large area that included Wimborne and Hengistbury Head. This remarkable book, providing a comprehensive history from earliest times to the present day, covers the recent rise of the holiday resort of Bournemouth along the wild ‘North Shore’ that had once been the prime smuggling coast in all England.
Poole rose to its peak of prosperity on the Newfoundland fishery trade. Starting in Tudor times, it enjoyed a ‘golden age’ in the 18th century that left a legacy of Georgian mansions and a new church built with pillars of Newfoundland pine.
In his scholarly but lively narrative the author incorporates the latest archival research and archaeological discoveries as well as providing a perceptive account of the major role played by Poole in the Second World War and the far-reaching changes since. Throughout, he uses primary sources to great effect to throw light on the lives of the ordinary people and the development of a score of communities within the great wild heathland of south-east Dorset.