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Poole in 50 Buildings (Paperback)

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Archaeology shows that the Dorset town of Poole can trace its origins back to prehistoric times. Roman occupation of Poole left sites of strategic roads leading to the West Country and London. The status of 1568 Royal Charter of Poole gave confidence for the establishment of public buildings, such as the Harbour Office, Custom House, Guildhall and private investment in warehouses.

In 'Poole in 50 Buildings', local authors Ian Andrews and Elizabeth Ballance explore the town's wide range of architecture from throughout the centuries. Eighteenth-century Poole was a predominant British port, thriving on merchant trade between Newfoundland and Catholic countries in Europe. Some of the town's medieval buildings were replaced with extravagant Georgian buildings, many of which can still be seen. After the Napoleonic War and American independence, most of the Poole merchants trading with Newfoundland fell upon hard times, leaving the majority of the workforce involved in coastal fishing, shipbuilding, rope-making, brewing, iron founding or house building. Growing demand for decorative tiles, brickwork and ceramics invigorated employment and architectural opportunities in the area. As the fashion for seaside holidays grew, so did investment in pavilions, yacht clubs, beach huts and hotels. Poole is now home to international banking, the RNLI, cosmetics and technology headquarters, two universities and a world-famous orchestra.

Illustrated throughout, this engaging and informative guide to Poole's rich built heritage will appeal to residents and visitors alike.

Architecture & DesignArchitectureHistory & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaLocal history Publisher: Amberley Publishing Publication Date: 15/05/2021 ISBN-13: 9781445694269  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Ian Andrews was born in 1939 at Pinner, Middlesex. He obtained a degree in Jurisprudence at Oxford University. After working for several years as a solicitor, he was appointed as Town Clerk and Chief Executive of Poole in 1973, until retirement in 1993. During this time, he oversaw the feasibility, establishment and location of Poole Arts Centre, stages of the indoor shopping centre and other key buildings that shaped modern-day Poole. Since then, he has maintained an active interest in Poole, through his contributions as Honorary Borough Archivist and as Trustee of Poole Historical Trust. He has published several books on the history of Poole and the surrounding area. Elizabeth Ballance graduated from Exeter University with a degree in French and Russian. She has worked for Poole Tourism and is now a freelance translator and photography enthusiast.

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