They don't sound like likely ingredients for the local history of Branksome Park in between Poole and Bournemouth. However, Iris Morris's book "Looking Back at Branksome Park" (one of a series of local history books by the same author published by Old Thyme Publishing, Poole) presents a painstakingly researched account of the area which links these disperate entities.
I can recommend this book for anyone who wants to see a history interwoven with residents such as JRR Tolkien, The Wrigley family (of chewing gum fame), Mantovani (the orchestra leader and musical arranger who had a best selling record with Greensleeves in 1952) and the Marsden-Smedley family (of John Smedley knitwear).
I never knew this area had such interesting characters chronicled alongside the better known residents such as the Duke of Westminster and Lady Wimborne (auntie to Sir Winston Churchill).
Tags: Dorset, Branksome Park, Poole, Bournemouth, Iris Morris, JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Wrigleys, Mantovani, John Smedley, history