Old Poole

Visitors will find much to interest them in Old Poole, that part of the town whcih is built upon the mile square peninsula of which the tram terminus and central railway station mark the northen extremity. here are the shopping, commercial and industrial centres, the older artisan dwellings and quaint relics of the past standing side by side with products of the modern age. Commercial progress has not been allowed to obliterate completely traces of ancient Poole. On and near the Quay one still finds halt-timbered buildings of Queen Anne's days, beautiful georgian mansions and even older relics.

The Old Guildhall, Poole

The old Town House at the end of High Street, dating back to Tudor times, must be visited, for here one will breathe the very atmosphere of the ancient town. So, too, must the georgian Guildhall in the Market Place, the several blocks of ancient almshouses within a stone's throw of this building, the Parish Church, the Town Cellars and adjacent Harbour Office and the quaint old inns.

Crossing the water between the quays by a fine modern bridge, one reaches Hamworthy, the oldest of Poole's suburbs, an elongated peninsula where man has made pottery from the pre-Roman days. Hamworthy is a mainly industrial centre, and here are extensive petrol stores on the new and modern quays, factories of many kinds, and yacht-building yards.

The potteries of Messrs. Carter & Co. should be visited in conjunction with those of the same firm on the Poole side of the water. Proceeding northwards along the peninsula, one comes to the new Hamworthy Park, and eventually to the century old Parish Church and Elizabethan Rectory, beside which a number of Cromwellian soldiers are supposed to lie at rest.

Almshouses, old Poole

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