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William Hodson (Bolton)

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1836 William Hodson of Little Bridge Street was summoned for offences against the Factories Act, and was fined £8 plus costs. He was one of many mill owners charged in that era with similar offences, typically involving employing children for more than 9 hours, employing children without school certificates, not whitewashing the walls, and unsatisfactory record-keeping.[1]

1839 'WM. HODSON PRESENTS his grateful acknowledgements to all those who so successfully exerted themselves extinguishing the fire which took place in his Mill, on Tuesday evening. Also to Messrs. Ormrod and Hardcaslle, for so speedily sending their Fire Engine to assist on the occasion. Little Bridge, Bolton, Feb. 7th, 1839.[2]

1840 'NOTICE. THE Creditors of Mr. WILLIAM HODSON, late of Bolton-le-Moors, Cotton-spinner, and Spindlemaker, are requested to meet at the Office of Messrs. MULLINER and TYRER, Accountants, Acres Field. Bolton, on Wednesday, the 20th day of November next, at Ten o’clock in the Forenoon, to consider the best means of disposing of the Estate and Effects of the said Mr. William Hodson, and for other purposes relating to his affairs. MATTHEW DAWES. 30th October, 1840.'[3]

1840 'Sale of the Stock-in-Trade of a Spindle Maker, &c. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, By Wm. Lomax, Jun. On the Premises lately occupied by William Hodson, situate at Little Bridge, Bolton, in the County of Lancaster, on Monday the 16th day of November, 1840 ;
THE whole of the STOCK-in-TRADE of a Spindle Maker, &c. consisting of Turning Lathes, Benches, Vices, Grinding Stones, Taps, &c. Dies. Turning Tools, Shafts, Straps. New and Old Spindles, a quantity of Iron, and other Effects. The Sale to begin at Ten o’clock in the Forenoon. For further particulars and to view the property apply to Messrs. MULLINER and TYRER, Accountants, Acres Field, Bolton ; or to Mr. DAWES, Solicitor.'[4]


Baptism: 1 Jan 1832 St Peter, Bolton, Lancs. George Peele Hodson - Son of William Hodson & Alice. Abode: Little Bolton. Occupation: Spinner.[5]. Same William Hodson??

Baptism: 8 Mar 1835 St Peter, Bolton, Lancs. James Latham Hodson - Son of William Hodson & Alice. Abode: Little Bolton. Occupation: Spindle Maker [6]. Same William Hodson??

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Parliamentary Papers, Volume 50, 1837
  2. Bolton Chronicle - Saturday 9 February 1839
  3. Bolton Chronicle - Saturday 31 October 1840
  4. Bolton Chronicle - Saturday 14 November 1840
  5. [2] OnLine Parish Clerks project for the County of Lancashire
  6. [3] OnLine Parish Clerks project for the County of Lancashire