Hi, I've just found this forum and I'm looking for information on poole in the 1960s.
I was born at home in Seldown lane in poole, and I do not have any photos of the area. The houses were just opposite the current bus station, and under where the Arts Centre is now - I dont think its called that any more.
If anyone has any information I would be grateful. jj
Thanks for the replies. Yes the houses were there until approx the early 70s - I was born in 20 Seldown Lane, the middle of a row of 5 houses. The were compulsorily purchased by the council to be knocked down to build the Arts centre! My dad held out for a good price as we had the middle house. The land opposite had a cottage on, and that was cleared to build what was called the Mermaid pub - its some kind of club now. Our neighbours were from left to right facing onto Seldown Lane - Bush, Frost, us, Merch and one last house, but cant remember the name of the people there. I remember that there was some land at the end of the row, and we used to have Bonfires there in November, and some enterprising soul decided to fire rockets across to the bus station! The Arnedale centre was there, and it was full of wooden animals that you could play in. When my mum couldn't find me, I was always in there playing. You could get there through the underpass.
There was also a house in front of our on Seldown Lane, the garden ran the length of our 5 houses and was lived in by Major Frost (no relation to our neighbour) and the garden was a full orchard..
I've tried the link for the pictures, but sadly they are too modern. I was born in the 60s and really I am looking for information around that era or earlier. I think the houses must have been renumbered at some time, as all the census documents I look at bear no resemblance to the details we have.
There was also an open air lido in the park, and my brothers went to Seldown Road school.
I expect I know loads more, but cant bring it to mind right now.
Oh, I remember that when I was little that the sea used to come up to where the Railway station is now. The retaining wall had sea the other side when the tide was high! That road is on reclaimed land and i think it called Holes Bay relief road.