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Henry William Hodgson

Henry William Hodgson, the youngest son of Christopher Hodgson and Caroline D'Albiac, was born on 22nd January 1821 at 27 Parliament Street, London and educated first at Sunbury, then Westminster School and Balliol College, Oxford. He rowed for Oxford in 1841 (11st 10lb, Cambridge won by 1 minute 5 seconds). He was ordained by the Bishop of London in 1843 and priested in 1844. He received his BA in 1844, and MA 1845 (or 1847 - his obituary states 1845, whereas Balliol records state 1847). He was a curate at Deal, then Wrotham and Maidstone before being presented to the living of Ashwell, Hertfordshire in 1851. He was rector there until 1892 and was also rural dean of Baldock. Whilst at Deal he kept up his rowing by going frequently to the Goodwin Sands. His wife was Anne Elizabeth, the third daughter of William Atkins Bowyer (Brigade Major to the forces in Nova Scotia) and Frances Behning Wentworth. All Henry and Anne Elizabeth's children except Hugh and Margaret died young and are buried at Ashwell (Edward died after a cross-country run at Marlborough School).

His son Hugh was his curate at Ashwell for a while, helping Henry after the death of Henry's wife Anne in November 1890. After Hugh got the living at Beddington, Surrey, in 1891, Henry decided to retire and help his son at Beddington. However, when he died on 23rd Apr 1898, he was buried at Ashwell, along with others of his family.

(Information recorded by Barbara J. Brockbank (nee Hodgson), the great granddaughter of Henry William Hodgson, and collated by her two children Jill Schofield and Robert Brockbank)

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