Stephen Croad obituary

By John Bold

My friend and former colleague Stephen Croad, who has died aged 71, was the head of the architectural record of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England from 1981 until the collection was moved out of London in 1994. He published numerous essays and produced two notable books: London's Bridges (1983) and Liquid History: The Thames Through Time (2003, republished 2016).

Born in Bridgwater, Somerset, Stephen was the only son of Lionel, a golf club groundsman, and his wife, Dorothy (nee Stephens), a school secretary. He attended Dr Morgan's grammar school in Bridgwater before taking a BA in history of European art at the Courtauld Institute, London, graduating in 1967.

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