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Timothy Axson Charlesworth

Timothy Axson Charlesworth (1973 BA Geography) died on 30 July 2023 aged 69.

Tim read Geography at Keble under the care of Gordon Smith – part of a long succession of able Keble geographers.  He played hockey for the college and was general manager of the Cherwell, Oxford’s oldest student newspaper.

After Oxford he became a distinguished figure in advertising, joining Ted Bates and then moving to Reeves Robertshaw Needham.  Amongst his many clients were Bass, Kelloggs and McCain oven chips.

In the 1990s, Tim decided to change career, becoming a Geography teacher in the state sector.  His first post was St Marys RC Grammar School, Sidcup and then Coloma Convent in Croydon. He was a great success.

He had an interest in urban planning and architecture his whole life and was a founder member of the Peckham Arts Society.  He published The Architecture of Peckham in 1988 and then in 2000 The Story of Burgess Park, a history of the postwar creation of a linear park and housing estates between the Old Kent Road and Walworth Road.

Tim died as a result of a fall in July 2023, leaving his wife Jane and son Theo.

Kindly provided by contemporary Barnaby Lenon (1973)