Poole History Online is a free online database of photographs, documents and data relating to the local history of the Borough of Poole. This website is managed by Poole Museum and updated by staff and volunteers. Find out more about this site. If you experience any problems, please see the help page.


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How did the war affect all involved; from those who fought, and made munitions in the factories to those nursing wounded soldiers and those left in Poole. Uncover the stories of the 700 Poole men who fell, the ones who returned and the women who supported the war effort.


We are especially interested in information about the people of Poole in the First World War. Please click on the link above for our contact details.


Read and listen to memories of Poole people- at work, at play, at war and through life. Interesting snippets and stories from the past which will bring the history of Poole to life.


This new addition to the website was originally a card index of family names and references compiled from various sources. Now it is transformed by a Poole History Centre Volunteer into a single, searchable document.


Volunteers are transcribing the Church and Marshalsea Rate assessed on the Parish of St. James in the Town and County of Poole.
The parish was responsible for supporting their own poor. Wealthy citizens were taxed to provide this poor relief. The Church and Marshalsea Rate is a list of these wealthy people and the amount they were taxed. It is arranged by street. It is a very useful resource from the mid 1700s. You can use it to discover who was living where, descriptions of buildings and the wealthiest citizens.

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The 1918 General Election gave the right to vote to all men over the age of 21, women over the age of 30 and military personnel over the age of 19.
The lists give a name, home address, military service number and regiment, battalion or name of a ship.
This transcription is from the 1918 and 1919 electoral register for Poole and contains over 4000 names.