Alan Poynter (St Edmund Hall, 1951) and Jean Poynter nee Wadsworth (Lady Margaret Hall, 1952) celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary
Alan Poynter (St Edmund Hall, 1951) and Jean Poynter nee Wadsworth (Lady Margaret Hall, 1952) celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

Alan Poynter (St Edmund Hall, 1951) and Jean Poynter neé Wadsworth (Lady Margaret Hall, 1952) celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary in 2018 (left) and pictured on their wedding day in 1958 (right).


Back in the 1950s the School of Geography was sometimes jokingly referred to as the marriage bureau because of the number of marriages between alumni. One such marriage took place on 5th April, 1958 between Alan Poynter (St Edmund Hall, 1951) and Jean Wadsworth, as she was then, (Lady Margaret Hall, 1952). They first met at the School of Geography (bumping into each other in the bike shed), got to know each other on a field trip to Normandy and the Loire Valley in the Easter vac 1953 and eventually married in 1958. Long engagements were the order of the day in those days and cohabitation was a definite no no. This year on 5th April 2018 Alan and Jean celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary.

Both used their geography after Oxford. Jean taught it to A level until she married and at various levels part-time after that with a long family break. Alan went from Oxford to work in the Cartographic Editorial Department of George Philip and Son Ltd - a map and atlas publisher. He worked for the company for 41 years eventually becoming Director of Cartography. He was involved in a number of technical advances, both in the methods of drawing maps and their reproduction. The culmination was identifying a suitable digital system for drawing and revising the maps and overseeing its successful implementation.