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The Story Of Poole High Street

The story of Poole High Street is in some respects the story of every high street, but its characters, buildings and events are unique and have helped to shape the identity of the town we know today. 

Jenny Oliver has written a fascinating book detailing the history of the High Street from its medieval origins to the present day.  The street has been home to rich merchants and poor seamen, slave-traders and shopkeepers, pirates and poets.  Its finest mansions were built on the profits of the Newfoundland salt cod trade and furnished with goods brought across the world on sailing ships.  It has witnessed celebrations and tragedies, riots and royal visits, fire, flood and murder.  In spite of continual change, the High Street has always been able to adapt and survive.

Jenny was a librarian in Poole for over 25 years, and is coming to Poole Central Library to tell the stories and show the pictures from her book.  She looks forward to hearing your stories too, and you can meet her on Tuesday 18 March at 7.30pm in Poole Central Library.

Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Borough of Poole, said: "It is great to see a former Borough of Poole employee returning to the library to talk about the High Street. The fact that Poole High Street has remained a constant in the ever changing society we live in really is a testament to Poole and what a fantastic place it is. I look forward to reading Jenny's book and learning more about the history of the High Street."

To book your free place phone 01202 262449 or email libraries@poole.gov.uk