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Ambrose Poynter, architect, was born in London on the 10th May 1796. Poynter was pupil to John Nash between 1814-1818 and travelled extensively throughout Europe from 1819-1821. Poynter set up his own architectural practice a few years after he returned from travelling. His commissions were largely made up of Cambridge churches in addition to several country houses including Pynes House (1849), Devon. Poynter was one of the founding member of the Institute of British Architects in 1834. Poynter died at his home in Dover on the 20th November 1886.