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Poole, Charles, 1821 - 1877



  • Existence: 1821 - 14 September 1877


Charles Poole was a Panorama proprietor, son of Richard Poole (c1785-1860), and brother of George Walter Poole (1828-1877) and John Poole (1817-1889).

Charles started his life in showmanship as a musician and could often be found busking on the streets of England with his brother George. The pair were spotted by Panorama proprietor Moses Gompertz who employed them to play music to accompany the scenes of his travelling show. Charles and George worked their way up to become Gompertz’s business partners and ended up running Gompertz’s Panoramas during the 1850s and 1860s. They eventually founded their own company with Anthony Young, called Poole & Young.

Charles died in Brighton on 14 September 1877 three months before his brother and lifelong business partner George. After his death his widow Charlotte, took over his part of the Panorama business.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Bill Barnes Collection

Reference code: NFA0172
Scope and Contents

Programmes, posters and photographs mainly related to the Poole family's travelling Myriorama show.

Dates: 1881 - 2017

Poole and Young's New Overland Mail Route to India Programme, 18 May 1874

Reference code: 178K53.51
Scope and Contents

Queen's Rooms, Ayr, From London to Calcutta, Suez Canal, Arrival at Dover, The City of Calais,The Tunnel, The City of Turin, Brindisi, The Mediterranean Sea, Ismalia, Cairo, Ceylon, Madras. Orange and white illustration of a map covering the front and back covers showing Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and part of South Asia and a red line going from London to Calcutta, inside programme. Printed by J. W. Last and Co., Lithographers and General Printers, London, 2p.p

Dates: 18 May 1874

Programmes , 1881 - 2016

Reference code: 178K53
Scope and Contents

Pre-Film and variety and music hall programmes mainly related to the travelling shows of Joseph Poole and Harry Poole, Harry H. Hamilton, Mapleston Brothers and Adams but it also includes other showmen.

Dates: 1881 - 2016