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Poole Lifeboat station has had a somewhat peripatetic existence. The first station was built at North Haven in 1865,
and the boat was launched from Sandbanks beach.
In 1882 it moved to the building featured here at Fishermanʼs Dock, now known as the Old Lifeboat Station. In 1939 Poole received its first motorised lifeboat, the Thomas Kirk Wright
which is still housed in this building.
Poole Old Lifeboat Museum and Shop
A single page of information on Poole Lifeboats' official site, with details of opening times, etc. http://www.poolelifeboats.org.uk/poole-old-lifeboat-museum-and-shop/
There has been a mill on this site since at least the eleventh century, when it was owned by Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight.
The current building dates from about 1900 and was driven by a 50" turbine made by a local Ringwood firm, Armfield Engineering.
The building and all the machinery are substantially intact but disused.
Rumour has it that public access is arranged from time to time by the Friends of Throop Mill.
There is a footpath past the mill and over the weir to a pleasant stretch of riverside walking.
The current building dates from around 1760, although there is some evidence to suggest that there was a mill on the site prior to this date.
It probably had two undershot waterwheels which were replaced around the turn of the last century with an Armfield "British Empire Turbine".
All the machinery was stripped out when milling ceased in 1966, and it became in turn a coal yard, a buildersʼ yard and a furniture showroom.
It was bought by the local District Council in 1983, and is now a craft showroom and workshops.