Guide to Poole

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Poole Quay by night





Welcome to Poole !

If you don't already know, Poole is situated on the South Coast of England in the beautiful, historic county of Dorset. [ See map. ]

Poole is a rapidly expanding town with a population approaching 140,000. Poole came of age in 1248, the year it was granted self government by the signing of the Longespee Charter by William Longespee II, the then Lord of the Manor and the great grandson of the towns founder.

The historic heart of Poole is centred around its most famous feature, Poole Quay, which has played a key role in the development of the town through the years. Poole has been a trading port since the Tudor times, bringing both employment and prosperity to the town. During the Second World War, Poole played a significant role, being one of the largest embarkation points for the D-Day landings and even now the port continues to play host to the Royal Marines. Today the port continues to provide employment, with regular freight and passenger services to France and the Channel Islands.

Poole is home to a small but successful fishing fleet, with catches being landed on the Quay. As you stand facing the water, walk along the quay to the left, where you will find the fishermans marina and the landing area for their catches, as well as the old RNLI Lifeboat station, which is now a small museum. Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe and is the home to the many yachts, pleasure craft and working craft, such as Diving Operators which operate alongside the wildlife that can be found in the water and along the shores and coastline. If you take a walk along Poole Quay you will see great changes taking place, with the development of new buildings and the expansion of existing businesses. Sunseeker luxury leisure motor cruisers ouside the factory in PooleThere is a wide variety of activities carried out on the Quay, the most obvious is the construction of powerboat and luxury leisure motor boats by the world renowned Sunseeker company who have a host of construction facilities on the Quay. Keep an eye out for their craft in the harbour and see how the seriously rich spend their money ! If you're not quite so rich, but have a sweet tooth, you must pay a visit to Truly Scrumptious, Pooles' best traditional sweet shop where you'll find the widest selection of traditional sweets you could ever imagine ! The famous Poole Pottery factory has been demolished to make way for a new development of flats and retail units, although at present a pottery shop and tourist shop/outlet centre remain. Poole Pottery has now effectively left the town, with only a small technical department left which is situated away from the Quay. Other local business interests include the world famous Lava Lamp manufacturer, the cosmetics company Lush, Siemens, the HQ of Barclays Bank International, the HQ for Animal and the RNLI HQ.

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