Stratford Caldecott

24 July 2014 | by Liz Dodd

An extraordinary coincidence means that Stratford Caldecott, Catholic author and publisher, will be buried alongside his literary hero, J.R.R. Tolkien. Shortly before his family met the undertaker, the relative of someone buried in Oxford’s Wolvercote Cemetery allegedly attacked a tree on the edge of the Tolkien plot because it encroached on their land. The tree was uprooted, leaving behind a vacant double plot in an oversubscribed cemetery. Tolkien’s writing inspired Stratford Caldecott’s, or “Strat’s”, conversion to Christianity. The co-founder of the Centre for Faith and Culture in Oxford, he wrote and lectured extensively, was the G.K. Chesterton Research Fellow at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, and served on the editorial boards of a number of jour

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