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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 112  1993  page 441

OBITUARIES

West Wickham, on the outskirts of Croydon, where I was a Parish Priest. ‘Jimmy’ was busily describing to a group of members of the Society the series of figures of saints in the early Tudor glass for which this church is noteworthy. I had just completed a paper on the heraldic glass of the same period in the redbrick Tudor mansion - The Court - a few yards away from the church. When he discovered this, ‘Jimmy’ was immediately interested; as a result of this meeting we became firm friends, and a few years later he managed to persuade the Society of Master Glass Painters to publish in their journals our respective papers on the glass in the Church and the Court.
   Regular social meetings between ourselves followed, the last of which was a lunch party at Canterbury in the summer of 1980, a few weeks before Evelyn Councer died. Theirs was a happy partnership at home and at work, for they were both officers in the Careers Structure of the County Education Committee. It was about this time that his book, Lost Glass from Kent Churches, was published by this Society in its Kent Records series, this being a sideline of his attempt to make and publish a comprehensive record of all the ancient glass in the County. At his death the completed manuscript still awaits publication; his efforts over many years to get it into print were frustrated again and again. Is it now too much to hope that, as a tribute to his memory, the Kent Archaeological Society may now put in hand out of its funds the publication of a work of major importance to the recorded history of the County’s antiquities?
                                                                               D. INGRAM HILL

MAURICE ANTHONY CRANE, BA.

Universal sadness was apparent everywhere following Maurice’s death on 9 June, 1993. He had contributed much to the teaching profession; to the welfare, heritage and history of Adisham; to the Canterbury Archaeological Society as a Past Chairman, and to the Kent Archaeological Society, as a valued member of its Council and as the Society’s Honorary Excursions Secretary since 1983, where he displayed meticulous planning and organisational skills, such that his Continental excursions and strawberry teas at Dane Court in Adisham became legendary.
   During those dark days of World War II, Maurice was a pupil at Dartford Grammar School. His education was furthered at Goldsmiths College, London (1950—52) and Portsmouth Technical College (1952—53). Already by then he had developed interests in excavations and local history, respectively in Portsmouth and editing the Bexley Antiquarian Society’s newsletter.  continued

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