History of Poynter House
Poynter House was founded in 1970 to accommodate expanding numbers at St Edmund’s College. It was named after Dr William Poynter (1762-1827) who was Prefect of Studies at Douai in the last days of the English College.
Poynter was imprisoned at Doullens and, eventually, returned to England where he saw a new Douai built on English soil. He became President of St Edmund’s and a Bishop.
In his last will and testament, he asked that his heart should be buried at this College from which, in life, it had never been disassociated. His body was brought here, from Moorfields, in 1900.
Bishop Milner said of him “I would give the universe to possess half Poynter’s merit in the sight of God.”
House Master – Mr Ben McNiff