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The patternmaker's error was missed by the proof reader! This was probably part of a water turbine/bevel gear assembly. Location: Exeter quayside, at the former Trew's Weir Paper Mills

Hodges Bros., City Basin Ironworks, Exeter

Engineers, Machinists, Millwrights and Ironfounders

See Marcus Henry Hodges

1901 'SAD FATALITY. An inquest was held at the Police Station, Exeter, on Saturday, by Mr. H. W. Gould, on the body of George Lewis, over 15 years of age, who met his death by drowning on the previous day. Henry Lewis, father, 12, Albion-street, St. Thomas, stated that his son was an engineer's apprentice. Jabez Hoskin, foreman engineer in the employ of Messrs. Hodges Bros., said the last time he saw deceased was 20 minutes to 5 on the Friday evening, he was working at the vice, overhauling and cleaning parts of an engine. About six or seven minutes after, Charles Densham, an apprentice, came in and said that deceased was in the water. In the afternoon witness cautioned him about going in the boat. Charles Densham, apprentice, said deceased had the tiller in his hand, and was working about. The boat was fastened to the bank. In the next five minutes deceased had disappeared. The boat was not capsized. There were no oars in it, but there was one in the water. Edward Wright, foreman, 61, Cecil Road, testified to receiving the body. Dr. Mark Farrant, junr., said the body presented the usual appearance of death from drowning. A verdict of Accidental Death was returned.' [1]

1902 'There an interesting piece of engineering work now on view at the premises of Messrs. Hodges Bros., engineers, City Basin. At Portsmouth a Naval and Military Exhibition is being held in the interest of the widows and orphans of Hampshire Yeomanry who died in the war, and it was considered that a big attraction would be a continuous passenger elevator, and it will pleasing information for Exonians know that the Exeter firm was entrusted with the work. A continuous platform moves along an inclined plane distance of 32 feet, and a height of 15 feet. The chains on which the platform run are made of steel, the links being twelve inches long. It travels at the rate of 60 feet a minute, conveys thirty persons, and is worked by six-horse power electric motor. Mr. M. H. Hodges, M.I.E., designed the elevator, and it. has been built under his supervision, assisted by his manager, Mr. S. W. Passmore. Many people viewed the elevator yesterday, and it was photographed by Mr. W. P. Little. It will doubtless be admired by numerous people in Portsmouth, who will note that it was built by Exeter workmen.'[2]

1919 '"VICTORY" PATENTS. In the Chancery Division, yesterday, Mr. Justice P. O. Laurence continued the hearing of the action brought by Messrs. Henry Rossell and Co., Waverley Works, Sheffield, against Mr. Marcus Henry Hodges, trading as Hodges Bros., engineers, of Exeter.
Plaintiffs claimed injunction restraining the defendants infringing their trade mark, the word 'Victory' with a wreath. It was alleged by plaintiffs that the defendant had put upon the market an engineer's tap which he called the 'Victor patent tap," and they said this was likely to lead to confusion with the well-known "Victory" goods. Mr. James Dickson, managing director of the plaintiff's Company, in cross-examination, said he claimed, on behalf of plaintiffs, that the use of the word "Victor" or "Victoria" would be an infringement of their rights if used in respect of any goods analagous to those which his Company manufactured. The hearing was further adjourned.'[3]


1928 Company became Marcus H. Hodges and Sons (Engineers)


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Sources of Information

  1. Western Times, 6 August 1901
  2. Western Times, 19 June 1902
  3. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 27 February 1919