George Jennings and the Growth of Parkstone

Poole Museum Society Blog

Parkstone with Poole in the background by    J.M.W. Turner Parkstone with Poole in the background by J.M.W. Turner

In the early 19th century, Parkstone was still a mainly rural area with few inhabitants. Its indented coastline of lagoons and salt marshes provided a living for samphire gatherers and salt workers. Within living memory the famous Isaac Gulliver and other smugglers had regularly landed their goods on the uninhabited sand dunes of Haven (Sandbanks) and the sandy, chine-cut shore beyond. Inland from the coast was an area of hills, small farms, woods, marshes and winding country lanes, merging into the heath which stretched without a break ten miles to Christchurch. The only main route through Parkstone was the lonely coach road heading east from Poole, and it was beside the road at Brown Bottom and Ashley Cross that the small population of the area was centred. Some local people made woollen clothing, boots and shoes and fishing nets for…

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