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Sir John Betjeman

Sir John Betjeman was given an Award of Doctor of Letters honoris causa by City in 1972.

Beginning his career as a journalist, Sir John was a writer and broadcaster, and is probably best-remembered as a poet. He became the British Poet Laureate in 1972.

Betjeman also had a special interest in Victorian architecture and was a founding member of the Victorian Society - an appreciation and preservation society for architecture from the period.

Sir John was also made a CBE. He died in 1984.


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