Canon Christopher Stead
Patristic scholar who wrote about the philosophy of the early Christian Church– and trains
I have only ever known him as a Patristics scholar, but the obituary carries the delightful additional information of his love of trains -- with a picture -- and this gem:
At 89 he published The Birth of the Steam Locomotive, a scholarly study reflecting a life-long interest.Although he died on 28 May, The Times does not yet appear to have published an obituary. Today's Independent, though, has the following:
When living at the 13th-century Black Hostelry, the former monastic infirmary at Ely, he used to maintain an O-gauge model layout in the attic, which had a branch line that went through a hole in the wall to deliver Christmas presents to his oldest son's bedroom.
The Rev Professor Christopher Stead: Scholar of patristic thought who was the last Ely Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University
Lionel R. Wickham