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ISBN: 9780857040916
AUTHOR: Rodney Cooper
Discover Poole
Discover Poole
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Whilst Bournemouth is a relatively modern town with a history dating back only 200 years, the history of Poole dates from much earlier times, as do all of the villages mentioned in this book.

Poole itself has many interesting ancient buildings on and around the quay and villas built at the height of the town’s wealth. From the quay, boats leave to Brownsea Island, Wareham and along the Purbeck coast to the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast. Poole’s beaches are amongst the best in the country, whilst the shallow harbour is ideal for water sports.

The chain ferry from the Haven Hotel offers an interesting introduction to the Isle of Purbeck where there are excellent country, cliff and beach walks suitable for both beginners and experienced walkers. The old villages of Langton Matravers, Worth Matravers and Kingston retain much of the charm of past eras, as does the ghost village of Tyneham.

Not to be missed is a visit to the village of Corfe Castle - its castle was one of the finest in England until blown up by the Parliamentarians during the Civil War and now offers an imposing ruin. Wareham with the remains of its earth walls and its Saxon church is fascinating and well worth a visit.

Lawrence of Arabia’s connection to the town is much in evidence and a trip to the area would not be complete without a visit to Clouds Hill Cottage, the beautiful church at Moreton and the world famous Tank Museum at Bovington.

To the north of the Purbeck Peninsula is the town of Wimborne Minster with its historical church. Nearby is Kingston Lacy House with its outstanding collection of paintings and beautiful grounds. The entire area is fascinating with beautiful countryside, charming villages and old churches.

In this volume in Halsgrove’s colourful Discover series, Rod Cooper explores the highways and byways of the town and its environs to produce a fascinating picture and indispensable guide to one of the most popular locations in the British Isles.

Rodney Cooper was born in 1940 and after graduating went teaching in Kenya at the time of the country’s independence. On returning to England he continued his studies and gained a doctorate following research in cryogenics. After a spell in industry he returned to teaching, including in Hong Kong where Rod taught first at a Polytechnic and then started a teacher training college. Following early retirement he set up a company introducing overseas students to U.K. colleges and universities. Rod and his wife retired to Bournemouth in 2005 and both are Bournemouth Councillors. He has published numerous scientific papers and written three previous books – the predecessor to this volume, Discover Bournemouth, having been published in 2010 – and one film on Technical Education.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 091 6, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published June 2011.

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