The death has been announced of Stephen Sartin who is well known in Preston heritage circles for his talks and books and worked at the Harris for many years. Born in 1938
There are tributes in Blog Preston, and the Preston Historical Society wrote a tribute on their Facebook page.
Our own experience is of attending several talks at Alston Hall where Stephen gave many of his inimitable talks. He’d turn up with enough slides to last 3 days and then in between his anecdotes would apologise that he was unlikely to show us all the slides he’d brought. Although in reality he didn’t need any slides as people were absorbed. What he had to say and his genial style gave him charisma.
He often said he was available at the Judge’s Lodgings in Lancaster. It’s an interesting building operated by Lancashire County Council and worth a visit.
Below is a photo of the front and rear cover of one of his books that we own, published in 1988 ‘The people and places of Historic Preston’ by Stephen Sartin, with drawings by Martyn Hanks.
Another book is Beattie’s Preston, published by the Harris in 1979.