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Poole’s Maritime Heritage from 1580 to 1730

Discover more about this dynamic and fascinating period in Poole’s town and port history – the foundations for its glorious Georgian hey-day.

Meet some of its colourful characters

Learn how cod fishermen became wealthy merchant venturers

Find out what life was like for ordinary folk

Delve into other events, here and internationally, through our unique timeline

This Pirates, Castaways & Codfish website is a single point of reference as to why Poole came to such prominence in Georgian Days; in particular, through its maritime history.

Developed originally as a blog for the project, the website draws on the work of volunteers, local organisations and academics.

The Pirates, Castaways & Codfish website evolved from two community projects in 2010-2011 and 2017-2018, work that is on-going.

Poole Bay Rotary shares its findings through a variety of community events and interactions with local organisations.

Review and testimonials

‘ you may think that £9,900 is not very much in overall terms but actually its these projects that really engage the local community and have a tremendous resonance and long term impact.’

Stephen Boyce – Heritage Lottery Fund Director for SW England

Poole is a place that deserves to hear of its own history….

Karin Mew – local community volunteer and historian

We will continue to promote our Pirates, Castaways & Codfish findings to the many people who we know are interested to know more of those extraordinary days

Please take your time and explore our website to find out more about this, Poole’s most fascinating period of development.

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