Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: A pedestrianised high street containing shops, bars, public houses and restaurants connects the Dolphin Centre with the historic Old Town area and Poole Quay. The natural environment of Poole is characterised by lowland heathland to the north and wooded chines and coastline to the south. The borough constituency of Poole has existed since
By the 29th we were all DONE with the indoors! A day clearing pine with this lot is always a joy, but there was something special about this Betwixtmas day out.
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Routes to Roots Poole Non-profit organisation. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Non-profit organisation. At the turn of the 19th century, nine out of ten workers were engaged in harbour activities, but as the century progressed ships became too large for the shallow harbour and the port lost business to the deep water ports at Liverpool , Southampton and Plymouth. Although Poole did not become a resort like many of its neighbours, it continued to prosper as the rapid expansion of Bournemouth created a large demand for goods manufactured in Poole.
During World War II , Poole was the third largest embarkation point for D-Day landings of Operation Overlord and afterwards served as a base for supplies to the allied forces in Europe. Major redevelopment projects began in the s and s and large areas of slum properties were demolished and replaced with modern public housing and facilities. Many of Poole's historic buildings were demolished during this period, particularly in the Old Town area of Poole. Consequently, a 6-hectare acre Conservation Area was created in the town centre in to preserve Poole's most notable buildings.
On 1 April , the town was made a unitary authority following a review by the Local Government Commission for England , and became once again administratively independent from Dorset. For local elections , 42 councillors are elected across 16 wards and elections take place every four years. The borough constituency of Poole has existed since Previously the town had been a parliamentary borough , electing two members of parliament from until when representation was reduced to one member.
In the constituency was abolished altogether and absorbed into the East Dorset constituency until its reintroduction in Robert Syms Conservative has been the Member of Parliament since The UK Independence Party won At the general election, the Conservative candidate Michael Tomlinson gained the constituency from the Liberal Democrats with a majority of 10, and The Liberal Democrats won It is represented by Conor Burns , a Conservative Member of Parliament, who retained the seat with a majority of 12, and The design of the coat of arms originated in a seal from the late 14th century and were recorded by Clarenceux King of Arms during the heraldic visitation of Dorset in The arms were confirmed by the College of Arms on 19 June , and at the same time the crest a mermaid supporting an anchor and holding a cannonball was granted.
Following local government reorganisation in , the arms were transferred to Poole Borough Council. In , the council received the grant of supporters for the coat of arms. The supporters refer to important charters given to the town; to the left is a gold lion holding a long sword representing William Longespee who in granted the town's first charter; on the right is a dragon derived from the Royal Arms of Elizabeth I who granted Poole county corporate status in The oldest part of the town including the historic Old Town, Poole Quay and the Dolphin Shopping Centre lies to the south-east of Holes Bay on a peninsula jutting into the harbour, although much of the land to the east of the peninsula has been reclaimed from the harbour since the mid 20th century.
At the eastern edge of Poole, the town abuts Bournemouth and the settlements of Kinson , Winton and Westbourne. To the south of Poole along the coast lies Poole Bay , featuring 4. Urban areas and districts of the town Poole is made up of numerous suburbs and neighbourhoods, many of which developed from villages or hamlets that were absorbed into Poole as the town grew.
The natural environment of Poole is characterised by lowland heathland to the north and wooded chines and coastline to the south. The heathland habitat supports the six native British reptile species and provides a home for a range of dragonflies and rare birds. Development has destroyed much of the heath but scattered fragments remain to the north of Poole and have been designated Special Protection Areas.
The town lies on unresistant beds of Eocene clays mainly London Clay and Gault Clay , sands and gravels. At the mouth of the estuary sand spits have been deposited, enclosing the estuary to create Poole Harbour. The harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe and the claimant of the title of second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney Harbour. Due to its location on the south coast of England, Poole has a temperate climate with a small variation in daily and annual temperatures.
The average annual mean temperature from to was Poole lies at the centre of a green belt region that extends into the wider surrounding counties. It is in place to reduce urban sprawl , prevent the towns in the South East Dorset conurbation from further convergence, protect the identity of outlying communities, and preserve nearby countryside.
This is achieved by restricting inappropriate development within the designated areas, and imposing stricter conditions on permitted building. Poole has areas of green belt to the north and west of the district, mostly on the fringes of the shared border with the Purbeck and East Dorset districts. The small communities at Merley, Canford Magna, Oakley and Oakley Hill are separated from the main urban area, and while inset, are not covered by green belt.
However, the isolated hamlets of Knighton, Merley Hall and Ashington are 'washed over', and development is limited in these locations. Poole merges with several other towns to form the South East Dorset conurbation which has a combined population of over ,, forming one of the South Coast's major urban areas.
The largest proportion of the population The district is overwhelmingly populated by people of a white ethnic background, The largest religion in Poole is Christianity, at almost The average house price in Poole is high compared to the rest of the UK and the surrounding south west region.
Poole's economy is more balanced than the rest of Dorset. The service sector is the principal economy of Poole; a large number of employees work for the service economy of local residents or for the tourist economy. During the s, Poole's less restrictive regional planning policies attracted businesses wishing to relocate from London.
Poole is also the headquarters for clothing company Animal , cosmetics manufacturer, Lush, and Merlin Entertainments , the world's second-largest theme park operator after Disney. A pedestrianised high street containing shops, bars, public houses and restaurants connects the Dolphin Centre with the historic Old Town area and Poole Quay.
Rockley Park, a large caravan site in Hamworthy , is owned and operated by Haven Holidays. Since the s, Poole has become one of Britain's busiest ports.
Export cargoes include clay, sand, fragmented steel and grain. Poole Quay is a visitor attraction to the south of the town centre lined with a mixture of traditional public houses, new bars, redeveloped warehouses, modern apartment blocks and historic listed buildings.
Once the busy centre of Poole's maritime industry , all port activities moved to Hamworthy in the s as the Quay became increasingly popular with tourists. Built in , it is the third bridge to be located on the site since Poole's Guildhall has played a varied part in the history of the town.
Between and the building was consecrated as a Parish Church while the old St. James Church was pulled down and replaced with the present church. The showers and washing facilities installed at this time were later converted into public baths which were used until the s.
The building was converted for use as the town museum between and but stood empty for the next 16 years. After a renovation project funded by Poole Borough Council, the restored Guildhall opened in June as a Register Office for weddings, civil partnerships and other civic ceremonies. Poole has several urban parks — the largest is Poole Park adjacent to Poole Harbour and the town centre. It opened in and is one of two Victorian parks in Poole.
Designated a Conservation Area in and awarded a Green Flag in , the park comprises The park hosts several road races such as the Race for Life and the annual Poole Festival of Running.
Poole's sandy beaches are a popular tourist destination extending 4. Poole's beaches have been awarded the European Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety 21 times since , more than any other British seaside resort and in the Tidy Britain Group resort survey rated Poole's beaches among the top five in the country.
The previous church on the site was first mentioned in documents from and had been extensively rebuilt in the 16th century, but in it was deemed structurally unsafe by a surveyors report. Aldhelm in Branksome , built by the architects Bodley and Garner in in the Gothic Revival style. Poole Harbour and Poole Bay are popular areas for a number of recreational pursuits, including sailing, windsurfing , surfing , kitesurfing and water skiing.
Water skiing takes place in the harbour in a special designated area known as the Wareham Channel. The waters around the harbour, Poole Bay and Studland Bay are also popular for recreational angling and diving. Poole's wide and sandy beaches are used for swimming, sunbathing, water sports and sailing. Since the town's Rossmore Leisure Centre has hosted the GMPD Poole Gymnastics Competition every October with the Holiday Inn Express hosting some of the competitors as well as previously a Disco on the Saturday evening which has since been scrapped, hundreds of competitors from across the country compete each year, the competition celebrated its 18th Anniversary in Many Olympic and Paralympic sailors reside around the local area due to its close proximity to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
Other sailors have gone on to be involved with World match racing, Volvo Ocean race and many more. Poole's oldest football team is Poole Town F.
Poole is one of the largest towns in England without a professional football team. Poole's motorcycle speedway team, the Poole Pirates , were established and began racing at Poole Stadium in in the National League Division Three. The team now races in the top tier of league racing the Elite League which they won in , , , and Poole has three of the oldest Scout Association groups in the world.
Poole Tourism has developed and signed a number of trails and circular walks, collectively called the Poole Harbour Trails. Poole has a cycle network of over 50 miles and a number of scenic and long-distance routes including the Castleman Trailway , the Poole Heritage Cycle Route and the Bourne Valley Greenway.
The ' Beating of the bounds ' is an ancient annual custom first carried out in , which revives the traditional checking of the sea boundaries awarded to Poole by the Cinque Port of Winchelsea in As there are no physical landmarks that can be beaten at sea, traditionally children from Poole were encouraged to remember the bounds of their town by taking part in the 'Pins and Points' ceremony involving the beating of a boy and pricking of a girl's hand with a needle.
In modern times, the acts have been symbolically carried out. During June and July, live music, street entertainment and a large firework display take place on Poole Quay every Thursday evening.
In August, the entertainment moves to the beaches at Sandbanks. Poole's Lighthouse is the largest arts centre complex in the United Kingdom outside London. Properties with special offers. Reserve now, pay at stay. Specialty Lodging Hostel, Lodge, Condo Traveler Ranked Highest rated hotels on TripAdvisor, based on traveler reviews.
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