Poole High Street has a long and rich history dating back to the medieval period. It was originally the main thoroughfare of the town, connecting the quayside with the market place.

The street was lined with shops, taverns, and other businesses, and it was a bustling hub of activity.

In the 18th century, Poole High Street underwent a period of redevelopment. Many of the old buildings were demolished and replaced with new ones in a Georgian style.

In the 19th century, Poole High Street continued to grow and develop. The arrival of the railway in 1864 brought even more visitors to the town, and the street became even more popular. New shops and businesses opened, and the street became a major shopping destination.

Bournemouth Echo: Poole High Street  1976  railway crossing in the high street..

In the 20th century, Poole High Street saw further changes. The introduction of cars led to the construction of new roads and parking facilities, and the street was also pedestrianised in some areas.

However, the decline of traditional retail led to a number of empty shops in the 1990s and 2000s.

Bournemouth Echo: Wonderful photos of Poole High Street from over 40 years ago. Picture: Grahame Austin Collection.

In recent years, there have been efforts to revitalize Poole High Street.

The introduction of new businesses, such as restaurants and cafes, has helped to attract more people to the street.

Today, Poole High Street is a vibrant and diverse street that is home to a variety of businesses and attractions.