Life Was Like This Then

Life Was Like This Then

What was it like to live here at the beginning of our period in 1580? Can you imagine it? It is over 400 years ago and there were only 1400 people in the whole town. Just think about that – it is possible that some of them might have known most, if not all, of the others!

During the project we came across many pieces of information about everyday life in Poole in those times and we felt that they offered interesting illustrations about the times that our audience might find interesting too.


In our blog, prepared during the project in 2017/2018, we inserted many of these stories and found they were indeed popular amongst our audience. All of these have been brought into this website with the same end in mind. Do please review a few of them and reflect upon what you find.

Since those days we have written and adapted several short stories to provide our highlight of what life might have been like in those days:

  • Beth’s story from 1590
  • Robert’s Story from 1621
  • Jane’s story from 1632

We hope to write one or two more to illustrate aspects of life in later times during the period too.

Our two short plays also feature events that happened in Poole:

  • Mayhem at the inn – Poole 1623
  • Elizabeth Hyde – Poole’s Glorious Revolutionary – Poole 1688

The first was performed by the Scaplens Court Players in 2019 and the second will be in August 2021. We hope to write another to illustrate aspects of Woodes Rogers’ life ready for performance perhaps in 2022.

(link to events)


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