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The Discovery Project

A Heritage Lottery Funded Programme

Upton Memories Audiobook


Upton Memories is an ongoing community collaboration with history students from Bournemouth University, and forms part of our Discovery Project; this Audiobook presentation is just one output of the collaboration.

Memories were collected during April & May 2021; the recordings have also been included in our Upton Memories eBook which is available now at

Further details of the Upton Memories Project and how to contribute can be found at

1. Introduction

2. Timeline of Estate ownership

3. The Spurrier Family

4. The Tichborne Family and the Tichborne Claimant

5. The Tichborne Claimant continued

6. Andrew Bogle, former slave and valet to Edward Tichborne (later Sir Edward Doughty)

7. The Llewellin Family

8. Upton House during World War One

9. The Pine Clump (and airships!) in the grounds

10. Evacuees remember Upton House

11. Upton House is given to Poole Corporation

12. Prince Carol of Romania

13. Prince Carol continued

14. Memories of Ian Orbell, a resident of Ropers Lane since 1962

15. Leisure at Upton Country Park

16. Weddings at Upton Country Park

17. Running at Upton Country Park

18. Wildlife and Nature

19. The Birds of Upton Country Park

20. The Walled Garden and Pet Cemetery

21. Changing Nature at Upton Country Park

22. The Park and the wider community

23. During the Pandemic

24. More memories from our interviewees

25. Acknowledgements

Get involved 

Upton Memories is an ongoing project and we will continue to collect memories for the foreseeable future. To find out more or to take part please get in touch with the wonderful Bournemouth University team at

We are also looking for people to help us collect stories.

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