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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 112  1993  page 440


knowledge of the subjects he was interested in, as I well remember with gratitude the hours spent lecturing to the students of the annual Eccles training courses. Stamped with the quiet disposition of the scholar, Peter was immense fun to work with, whether in the idyllic surroundings of the Boxley Abbey lawns and rose-beds, in the overgrown jungle of Leeds Priory, or elsewhere, and it was an object lesson for me to watch the unflappable way with which he tackled the management of people, without losing sight of the excavation objectives. It was during lunch break, with half a pint aiding and abetting, or travelling around in Kent, that Peter would give second place to his immediate archaeological concerns and, allowing the geniality of his personality to break through, bring about a playful light in his eyes — you knew, then, that he was about to dip into his anecdotal quiver and regale you with one, or more, of his amusing stories. At Council meetings, you seldom knew he was present: he did not contribute to the proceedings as much as some members of Council, but Peter would listen intently and, when he had something to say, it was well worth travelling some distance to hear his contribution.
   Peter was a gentle giant and, if he lacked anything at all, it was malice. He will be sorely missed, not only by his family, but also by his many friends and colleagues in this Society and beyond it.
                                              Requiescas in pace

Ever since we first met in Cobham Park in 1958, Peter has been my main source of inspiration and information in all my archaeological work. His death is a great loss to our Society and to archaeology in the County while I have lost one who was truly ‘my guide, philosopher and friend’.


By the death of ‘Jimmy’ Councer, as he was known to his many friends, the Society has lost one of its oldest and most esteemed members. He joined the Society in 1929 and served for many years on the Council, becoming a Vice-President in 1979. He soon made a reputation for himself as an expert on medieval stained glass, publishing articles on glass in Kent churches from time to time in Arch. Cant. It was this mutual interest that brought us together more than forty years ago as the result of a chance meeting in the old church of   continued

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