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Alfred Dodman

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Alfred Dodman (1832-1908) founder of Alfred Dodman and Co

1832 Born at Tichwell, Norfolk, the son of Martin Dodman, a Merchant and Farmer, and his wife Sarah Nilson

Apprenticed to Clayton and Shuttleworth

1850 Set up his own business as Alfred Dodman and Co in King's Lynn.

1855 Married at Holbeach, Lincoln, to Mary Elizabeth Slator

1901 Living at London Street, Swaffham: Alfred Dodman (age 67 born Thornham), Manufacturing Engineer- Employer. With his wife Mary E.[1]

1909 Will. 'Mr. Alfred Dodman, of Swaffham, Norfolk, of Messrs. Dodman and Co., engineers, of King's Lynn, left 1,000 ordinary 5 per cent. shares to Alfred Henry Crisp if still with the said company, 200 ordinary shares in the said company to John Frederick Davy upon like conditions, and £300 to the West Norfolk and Lynn Hospitals'[2]

1909 Obituary [3]

ALFRED DODMAN was born at Titchwell, King's Lynn, on 14th September 1833.

Having been trained as an engineer he commenced on his own account in King's Lynn, and founded the Highgate Works, where for over fifty years he carried on an extensive business in the manufacture of portable, semi-portable, and traction engines.

He specialized in engines and machinery for drainage work, and for many years he had been favoured with the local work connected with the Sandringham estate of His Majesty the King. He also supplied machinery for breweries, oil mills, sewage works, etc.

In 1888 a London branch of the firm was opened, and increasing business resulted to the firm which was converted into a company in 1897, of which he became chairman.

His death took place at his residence at Swaffham, on 13th December 1908, at the age of seventy-five.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1868.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1901 Census
  2. Globe - Tuesday 13 April 1909
  3. 1909 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries