Poole is a seaport and one of the big town’s south coast of England in the county of Dorset. The town adjoins Bournemouth Eastwards and is 21 miles East of Dorchester. Borough of Poole is the local council and became a unitary authority in the year 1997, gaining the independence of administration from Dorset county council.
The earliest settlements date back to the Iron Age. The town’s name was first used in the 1100’s when Poole began to emerge as a critical port, thriving with the introduction of trade in wool. The town would in later years make relevant links with North America in trade. It was among the busiest ports in England in The 18th century when it was at its peak. It became one of the major departing ports for the D-day Normandy landings in World War II.
In the census of 2011, the district had a population of 147,645, which made it the second largest settlement in Dorset. When combined with Christchurch and Bournemouth, they frame the conurbation of south east Dorset with a total population of more than 465,000. With its large harbor, Blue Flag shorelines, history as well as the Lighthouse Poole is a big destination for travelers. It has commuter ship services and an occupied business port which include a cross-Channel cargo. By the rise of the 19th century, the majority of the workers were filled with harbor activities, but ships turned out to be too big for the shallow harbor as we dug deeper into the century and the port lost business to the water ports of Plymouth and Liverpool. The shorelines and sights of south west Hampshire and southern Dorset began to bring sightseers in the middle of the 19th century. This led to the growth and development of the towns towards the Eastside of Poole and converged till the Bournemouth resort rose.
Poole is populated overwhelmingly by people of a white ethnicity. 95% of the inhabitants are of white English descent, and other whites include an 86.99%. Minority ethnic groups comprise of about 4% of the town’s population including others of white ethnicity who didn’t order themselves as British.
Christianity is the most practiced religion in Poole at 74. 34% which is somehow above the United Kingdom’s average. The second largest group is of those who do not to any religion comprising 16.23% which is also above the United Kingdom’s 15.5% average. People aged between 45 and 64 comprise 24.8% of the population and happen to be the majority, which is slightly above the 23.8% national average.
Population, Growth and Density
The town has an average population density of 2,128 persons per square kilometer. Poole has grown in population steadily since the 1960s with internal relocation comprising a big portion of the town’s population growth with retirement making a significant part. In the past four decades, housing stock has expanded by more than 100% from 30,000 to 62,700 from 1961 through to 2004. The town has a bigger population of people aged above 65 years (20.3%) with Dorset having an average of 22.2%.
Facts on Poole
Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in the UK. It was framed when the oceans filled a valley at the end of the last ice age.
The earliest radio station in the world was set up in Marconi Poole at the Haven hotel by Marconi who constructed a radio frequency transmitter there in 1899.
Poole was viewed as Britain’s business capital at the height of the code exchange.
Poole’s natural habitat is portrayed by swamp heathland towards the north and south on the coastline.
The town is a perfect place for lovers of seafood where it offers a variety which among them include shrimps, crabs, shrimps, and prawns ideal for those who want to try.
Poole is a famous resort on the Dorset coast due to miles of awards winning sandy beaches, the point of departure for ferry services to France and the Channel Islands. Brown Sea Islands, charters, fishing trips, sailing, boat trips and a menu of water sports are all available from the stunning Quayside. You will also find Pool pottery studio complete with a shop selling the full range of high-quality tableware and gifts.
The old towns around the Quay still retain a strong sense of the 17th-century heritage. The Dolphin Shopping Centre is the largest indoor shopping mall with other modern retailers which include the growing array of discount shops and outlets on Poole Quay.
The Blue Flag beaches of Poole are ideal for families and include the best beach sandbanks in Britain. The Quay is good for a promenade in the sun looking at the luxury cruisers.
There is a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars to choose from in both the stylish conventional complexes and the historical buildings lining in the Quay. Harbour, water sports, and Ferries. Poole’s coastline is surrounded by several beautiful sand beaches with safe stretches of swim which favor swimming. The longest stretch of sandy beach is Sandbanks beach which joins Bournemouth beach.
The Poole Harbour makes an ideal location for a variety of water sports. The harbor also provides ideal sailing conditions, kite surfing, wind surfing, canoeing, kayaking, and wake boarding.
Poole Harbour is also dotted with eight islands which are only accessible by boat, is among the famous Brown Sea Islands where the scout movement was firsts started by Baden-Powell. The town also has ferry terminal for the cross-terminal offering services to Jersey, Guernsey, The Channel Island and France. Some of the faster channel service from England are made possible by these fast ferry crossings.
Poole is popular for its famed golf courses which are centrally located in the countryside surrounding them. Many of these are on heartland for which Dorset is particularly famous for. All the golf courses offer a broad range of experiences and challenges which gladly welcome visitors. The traditional Hartland course of Parkstone Golf Club is located inland of the beach. It is an eighteen hole golf course and also serves as a wildlife resource providing valuable habitats for warblers, silver studded blue butterflies, lizards, Dartford and a diverse species of heathland plants. At Lytchett Minister on the East side of Poole is the Bulbury Woods Golf Club which is also 18-hole parkland course surrounded by ancient woods with the Purbeck countryside view. Broadstone Golf Club also is known as Dorset Golf Club is located on Poole Northside and it’s an eighteen hole heathland course first establishes by the Lord of Wimborne in 1898. Knighton is also an eighteen hole golf course also located in the north of Poole where the fairways are lined with heathland.