Exhibition of The Poulter Drawings

Surrey Heath’s Museum is exhibiting the architectural drawings from the renowned local architects H.R. and B.A. Poulter (c.1903-1923). The exhibition runs from 14th Jan to 31st March 2012.

Many Poulter designed buildings can be seen in Camberley. Notably in Camberley High Street there is Barclays Bank [1911], Blacks Outdoor Centre [1904], Chancellors Estate Agent [1904], and Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society [1913].

Visiting Surrey Heath Museum for me always means coming away having learned something new. The new knowledge is just how important the Poulter family is to the foundation of our Museum. About George Poulter, nephew of the Poulter brothers who founded the architectural practice, the exhibition catalogue says,

“He was a noted Camberley historian and antiquarian and in the 1930’s put his own collection at the disposal of the council for the benefit of the public. By 1938 George was listed as being the Honorary Curator of the museum.”

Poulter’s won the commission to design the offices for Frimley Urban District Council. The building, on the London Road just beyond the Arena Leisure Centre, has been converted into flats. Here’s part of their drawing and a photo of the building as it is today. The clock tower in the drawing was ommitted, possibly due to cost, according to the Museum’s notes.

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