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At the turn of the 19th century, nine out of ten workers were engaged in harbour activities, but as the century progressed ships became too large for the shallow harbour and the port lost business to the deep water ports at Liverpool, Southampton and Plymouth.

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In the Second World War, Poole was one of the main departing points for the Normandy landings.

Poole is a tourist resort, attracting visitors with its large natural harbour, history, the Lighthouse arts centre and Blue Flag beaches.

The local council is the Borough of Poole and was made a unitary authority in 1997, gaining administrative independence from Dorset County Council.

The borough had a population of 147,645 at the 2011 census, making it the second largest in Dorset.

The area around modern Poole has been inhabited for the past 2,500 years.

During the 3rd century BC, Celts known as the Durotriges moved from hilltop settlements at Maiden Castle and Badbury Rings to heathland around the River Frome and Poole Harbour.

Major redevelopment projects began in the 1950s and 1960s and large areas of slum properties were demolished and replaced with modern public housing and facilities.

Many of Poole's historic buildings were demolished during this period, particularly in the Old Town area of Poole.

Poole's Newfoundland trade rapidly declined and within a decade most merchants had ceased trading.

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