Historian Stephen Humphrey’s passing is a huge loss

(08 December, 2016) Editorials

Although not a well-known face to many, he was a well of information on the borough’s long and storied history

13618Stephen Humphrey and Ken Hayes, chair of Southwark Civic Association - credit Southwark Council

 

Stephen Humphrey’s passing is a huge loss to the borough.

Although not a well-known face to many, he was a well of information on the borough’s long and storied history.

Working in Southwark’s local history library, he was a source of information for any researchers, historians or interested members of the public who approached him.

As the borough’s archivist, it was his understanding of the many documents and records that assisted anyone looking into the area’s rich past of individual family history and that will be hard to replace.

He also wrote eight books on the borough, many of which line the office shelves of Southwark News.

Stephen was a friend of this paper and was always on hand to help out with any historical queries our journalists may have had whilst writing our weekly History features.

With his passing we lose a huge source of information on the borough’s history, but we also lose, as his friends have said a ‘true gentleman’.

 

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