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George Bodden

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George Bodden (1850-1886)

of William Bodden and Son, Hargreaves Spindle and Flyer Works, Oldham.

1886 Obituary [1]

GEORGE BODDEN, only son of Mr. William Bodden, of the Hargreaves Spindle and Flyer Works, Oldham, was born at Oldham on 30th March 1850, and was educated at Rossall College, Fleetwood.

After serving fourteen months in the engineering works of Mr. Joseph Bickerton, Oldham, and fifteen months in the engineering tool works of Messrs. William Heap and Co., Ashton-under-Lyne, as draughtsman and fitter, he entered the cotton-spinning mill of Messrs. Bodden and Mercers, Oldham, where he attained the position of manager. He afterwards entered Messrs. Bodden and Mercers' iron works, and worked as apprentice, and then as journeyman smith, turner, and draughtsman, in their machine, tool, spindle, and fly departments.

He ultimately became manager, and held that position for some years.

In 1880 he became partner with his father in the firm of Messrs. William Bodden and Son, spindle and flyer manufacturers and machinists, Hargreaves Works, Oldham.

He died on 6th September 1886, at the age of thirty-six, from the effects of injuries received in an accident on 24th July, when he was thrown from his horse.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1883; and had but recently been appointed a magistrate for the borough of Oldham.

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