Frances Ward Death Dead – Frances Ward Obituary: Cause of Death

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Frances Ward Death Dead – Frances Ward Obituary: Cause of Death

We heard with immense sadness last week that Frances Ward had died in St Christopher’s Hospice. She had been very ill with cancer and indeed was when she lectured to us about place names in February this year, but her performance that night was undiminished.

Frances joined our society in 1975 and four years later became not only a member of our council but also a most effective and long serving Hon. Secretary, 1979-1996. She was President of the society, 1994-5.

She was a very fine and much admired lecturer. Working at Greenwich Local History Library and Greenwich Heritage Centre and also in adult education she tirelessly promoted Greenwich’s history with great scholarship, flair and humour. She was a meticulous researcher and fine writer, but also was an articulate and confident performer on TV and radio. She was featured on the Greenwich episode of Prince Edward’s Crown and Country TV documentary.

Frances wrote two articles for our transactions and journals:

‘Plague in the Hundred of Blackheath’ 1982. This excellent article has been re-published on the blog section of our website.

‘Poor Law in Greenwich’ 1996.

This is just a brief and incomplete note. A full obituary will be published in next year’s journal.

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