William Knapp was parish clerk of St. James’s Church, Poole, Dorset, England for a period of thirty-nine years, and one of the most popular composers of music for country church choirs in England in the second half of the eighteenth century.
At the end of the seventeenth century, in the reign of William and Mary, French privateers were the scourge of the English Channel. In his book, ‘The history of the town and county of Poole’, published in 1839, John Sydenham describes the actions of two local seamen against them,
This description of The Smugglers of Poole was first published in 1905 by Charles Harper as chapter five in his book ‘The Dorset Coast’.
The Sandbanks area of Poole has been described as ‘One of the most valuable locations on Earth’, with even quite modest houses selling for over £1M. One hundred years ago the picture was quite different as this description published in 1905 by Charles Harper in his book ‘The Dorset Coast’ shows.
After the battle of Worcester on September 3rd 1651, the future King Charles II fled from the field attempting to reach the continent of Europe. Heading south he arrived in West Dorset. Even though he was only in the county for about three days, almost every town and village has a story relating to this episode in English history.
A Description of the town of Poole, Dorset, England as described by Samuel Lewis in A Topographical Dictionary of England, Published in London in 1831.