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George Bodley

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George Bodley (1762-1832), Ironfounder, of Exeter

Address given variously as Shillhay, Quay Place, and 'near the Quay'.

Members of the Bodley family ran iron foundry and engineering businesses in Exeter over a period of 177 years. An excellent account is available online. [1]

Married Ann Parkin (1765-)

1789 Birth of son Charles Bodley

1791 Birth of son Alfred Bodley

1800 Reference to George Bodley, Iron Founder, in Exeter, in an advertisement dated 24th December 1800. [2]

c1802 Birth of son William Canute Bodley

1808 Death of his wife. 'Last evening, died in the prime of life, after a short illness, Mrs. Bodley, wife of Mr. George Bodley, of this city, iron-founder, leaving a husband and twelve children to deplore the loss of an affectionate wife, and tender mother'[3]

1813 Advertisement: 'To be SOLD, a STEAM ENGINE, six Horse Power, on the plan of Bolton and Watts, quite complete and as good as new, was never used more than twelve months. The reason of it being offered for sale, is, because it is not large enough for the purpose it was intended for. For particulars apply to Mr. G. Bodley, Ironfounder, Quay-Place, Exeter., The above will be sold on reasonable terms.'[4]

1832 September 6th. Died.[5]

1832 'An inquest was held on Thursday evening, on the body of Mr. George Bodley, a respectable Ironfounder of this city, who was found dead in his bed the same morning. Deceased had for a number of years been afflicted with the gout, previous his death : he incautiously went into his garden on Wednesday, where he sat three or fours hours, for the purpose of superintending some workmen employed on his premises, and in the night he complained of pain in his stomach. The evidence produced was such to satisfy the Jury that deceased died from suppressed gout in the stomach, and they returned a verdict—Died by the visitation of God. Mr. Bodley was well known, not only in this city and county, but throughout many districts of England, as an ingenious and skilful practical mechanic, and as the inventor of the useful kitchen apparatus known "Bodley's Stove". [6]


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Exeter Memories website, Bodley & Co. webpage, Written by David Cornforth and Anne Speight
  2. Exeter Flying Post, 8th January 1801
  3. Exeter Flying Post - Thursday 10 March 1808
  4. Exeter Flying Post, 13th May 1813
  5. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 08 September 1832
  6. North Devon Journal, Thursday 13 September 1832