(1765–1837) Farmer and tanner, born at Nether Stowey; he became a close friend of S. T. Coleridge and William Wordsworth, and helped them to find homes in his neighbourhood in 1796–7. Coleridge wrote ‘This lime tree bower my prison’ in Poole's garden, and Sara Coleridge corresponded with him for many years. Another of his friends was Sir Humphry Davy. He was progressive and generous; Wordsworth said of him, ‘he felt for all men as his brothers’.
From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.