After an appeal for information on Facebook, it has now been possible to put together some information about the man whose research archive we have now taken on.
Chris Jenkins grew up in Shropshire, where later in life he ran an Earth Mysteries group. Ian Popple recalls that he and his partner Sue used to visit an ancient site with Chris every Sunday for many years. Another informant, Jake Ewins, used to regularly visit places of interest on Dartmoor with Chris, who had a hand-annotated map of all the interesting sites which he used to keep in his car. (Whether the map is in the archive or is now lost remains to be seen).
Although Chris never married, he had a partner called Sharron with whom he had a son, Arron. Although they were not geographically close, they kept in regular contact by text and email.
Chris moved from Shopshire to the Devon town of Totnes, which he loved. He said there was an energy about both the town and the people who lived there. Chris slept most nights in a yurt which was constructed from trellises and a large piece of waterproof material, all of which had been found or donated. This was located in the garden of a large house belonging to Angela Taylor. Previously to this Chris had spent many years living sleeping in his car. These were personal life choices rather than being brought about by financial considerations.
Most of Chris' research was undertaken at a workshop in the town, where he loved to draw out maps. He later relocated to a building known as 'The Ark' where he built storage for his archive (as can be seen in the photo in the previous blog post.
Chris was commonly known as 'Chief', apparently because of his bringing people together. In later years he worked at Hermes, where he was fondly remembered.
In 2020 Chris had a car accident and suffered a head injury. He visited hospital and returned home, where he died the following day. It was suspected that he suffered a stroke.
(Information kindly provided by Eloise Hooker (who also provided the photo in this post, Angela Taylor, Ian Popple, Jake Ewins and Shannon Jay)