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Poole, Charles William, Jr., 1880 - [?]



  • Existence: Born Feburary 1880


Charles William Poole Jr. was a Panorama and cinema manager as well as a lecturer.

Charles William Jr. was the son of Charles William Poole (1858-1918) and his first wife Elizabeth Deborah Nott.

Charles was born in Taunton in February 1880. His parents separated while he was still a child and Charles was put under the care of his aunt Anne Bynorth (nee Poole) who brought him up.

Charles had three siblings in total, sister Lillian Maude (1879-1946) and half-brothers John Reginald (‘Jack’) (1882-1950) and Vivan George (1893-1929). All the siblings went onto the family business Lillian performing as a vocalist, Vivan as a lecturer, Charles junior as a lecturer and manager and John Reginald also as a lecturer and manager, and later proprietor of his own Myriorama.

Chales became involved in the family business at a young age, managing some of his uncles' Myriorama shows including H. & F. Poole Myriorama by the time he was in his early 20s. Over the years he became involved in opening cinemas at Taunton and Teignmouth and during the 1920s and 1930s he was running the Empire Cinema at Newton Abbot.

Charles and his wife Emma had two daughters Ivy and Sadie.

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

Guide Book of Charles W. and John R. Poole Latest Myriorama, c1920 - 1929

Reference code: 178Z64.7
Scope and Contents Colour illustration of the Union Jack on front cover, inside variety programme listing John R. Poole, George Logan, The Lannons, Sam Kelly, The Tree Avenue Girls, M. Joanny and The Murus Comedy Four, descriptions of sights in england, Vienna, Petrograd, Berlin, Brussells, Paris, scenes of WWI including Kitchener's army, the sinking of Kaise Whilheml der Grosse, mine sweeping, camp and hospital scenes and lyrics to the national anthems of the allies and other popular songs such as It's a Long...
Dates: c1920 - 1929

Various Items of Ephemera, c1800 - 2016

Reference code: 178Z64
Scope and Contents

Various items related to George Walter Poole, Wilton's Music Hall, Henry James Mayer, Alexander Billington, James Upton Printers, Gompertz's panorama show, Poole's Myriorama and Diorama shows and Messrs Strange and Wilson Ghost show. Also includes a theatrical clock with two figures on the sides attracting customers.

Dates: c1800 - 2016