Notes On The Hodson
Written By George Norman Hodson
(George Norman is James
George A. Hodson the 5th son
(of Richard Hodson) was born on November 18th 1844. He was
apprentice to a mining surveyor after his education at Wolverhampton
Grammar School. After the termination of his articles, he spent some time
in the office of the town surveyor of Bilston & Willenhall. His
connection with Loughborough started when he took a job in the Beaumanor
Estate Office. When the position of Surveyor to the Loughborough Local
Board became vacant he was the successful applicant. Old newspaper
cuttings that I have, show that this was a very controversial appointment,
as he was only 23 at the time. Such remarks as "putting over our lives in
the hands of this callow youth" were quoted.
He must have been a man of very strong
opinions, too ambitious to remain as surveyor to a small local board and
he began to develop a private practice as a waterworks engineer. This
prospered and the time inevitably came when he could no longer combine the
two jobs. He parted with the local board, rather, according to my
cuttings, in wrath and ill feelings, but he was soon back, this time as an
elected member and shortly afterward became it's chairman, a position
which he held until incorporation of the Borough in 1887. From then on,
his national reputation as a waterworks engineer, his work as a consulting
engineer and his practice in arbitration work kept him busy.
Although he continued to live in
Loughborough he had offices in London and engineering schemes all over the
country. In fact his only work in connection with Loughborough in this
period was the Blakbrook Reservoir, completed the year before his death.
He died on the 25th of April 1907.
He married Lucy baker (born 19 June 1845)
in 1867. She was a native of Willenhall and they were married in St. Giles
Church there She survived him for many years dying in 1924.
She had eleven children altogether, three
of whom died in infancy. My youthful recollection of her was of a small
well dressed Queen Victoria type figure, permanently sitting on the couch.
As a small boy I thought she had no legs as her dress came right to the
floor and she never stood up.
I have very little information about the
bakers, but believe they were solicitors in Willenhall.
George's brother James, Richard's
6th son, followed his brother to Loughborough and with him
founded the Hathern
Station Brick and Terra Cotta Co. in 1874. James never married.
He ran the Brickworks until his death in 1997. After this George Albert
(Bob) took over.
That, I think is about all I can tell you
of the Hodson family!
Considering Richards six son's it's not
surprising that there should be a Naval Chaplain named Hodson and he looks
George Norman Hodson
Written in response to a letter from David
Pare (son of Florence) who is interested in geneology and wanted
information about the Hodson side of his family.
David lives at Abbey Mill House, Colebrook
Street Winchester SO23 9LH.