Distinguished British historian, Christopher Elrington, dies at 79





Professor Elrington, who lived in Lloyd Baker Street, was a man who lived and breathed antiquity.

He combined his day job as general editor of the Victoria County History (VCH) with his role as president of Islington Historical and Archaeological Society.

At VCH, before he retired in 1992, he wrote the history of every county in England, professionally, systematically and from original sources, on behalf of the Institute of History, based at the University of London...

...Prof Elrington was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1964 and of the Royal Historical Society in 1969.
He was made Professor of History at the University of London in 1992 and emeritus professor on retirement.

He marked his retirement with a “Hike for History” in 1996 – three long sweeps of sponsored walking (1,100 miles in all, and conducted at a cracking pace), which passed through all 39 historic English counties and resulted in publicity for VCH.




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