Biography of 'Alan G. K. Leonard' M.A.
Monday 26th August 2013
Born and brought up in Kent, Alan left his native county to study for an Honours degree in Modern History at Oxford University and to undertake war service with the Army (in France / Germany etc.). Married and living in London, he worked initially as a teacher and then with a Fleet Street news agency before entering local government educational administration. Following appointments at Plymouth and on Tyneside, he came to Southampton in 1957. A succession of posts with the Education Committee enabled him to remain here and become identified with the city and its history. He has written numerous articles and a dozen books on local history subjects, including two “Stories of Southampton Streets” and three volumes in the “Images of England” series (The History Press), drawing on his collection of old picture postcards. He has also compiled histories of several local businesses e.g. Misselbrook & Weston.