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Charles Hodgson
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Born: 7 November 1871
Died: 11 March 1956
Buried: 14 March 1956
Age: 84
Grave No: F23
Notes: Buried alongside his wife, Ann Jane Hodgson, who died 3 February 1937
We are grateful to Saltaire historian Colin Coates for sharing his research on Charles Charles Hodgson was the son of Thomas Hodgson. Thomas was born c1838 in Baildon. He married Elizabeth Binns 19 October 1863 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1871 they were living at 76 Dale Street, Shipley with Thomas working as a warp dresser. Charles, the fourth of seven children, was born 7 November 1871. Thomas, his father, died in 1880; in 1881 widowed Elizabeth was living with her children at 12 Wycliffe Place, Shipley. Elizabeth married Joseph Bootham in 1886. In 1891 Charles was a labourer living with his mother and stepfather at Wycliffe Court, Shipley. In the 1901 census (3 April) Charles was green grocer helping his mother run a shop at 48 Titus Street, Saltaire. Three days later, 6 April, Charles married Ann Jane Hodgson at Bradford Cathedral. Ann was born c1878 in Cumberland. Referring to the book “A Penny for Going” by Roger Clarke the Hodgson family sold fruit from a shop at 13 Victoria Road, Saltaire by 1905. Roger writes, “Charlie Hodgson also used to sell greengroceries from a horse and cart, which he kept on land at Hirst Wood, (which later became a garden centre). “He kept pigs, chickens and a horse there and used to collect leftover food for pig swill from schools and hospitals. He also ran a pig club during the war, which enabled a few lucky family and friends to enjoy extra pork at Christmas. “His wife, Ann, ran the shop, collecting fruit and vegetables from Bradford Market in the early mornings.” In 1931 Charles, a conservative, was elected as
a councillor for the West Ward, which covered most of Saltaire. Notice from the Shipley Times Saturday 21 March 1931 Notices from the Shipley Times Thursday 2 April 1931 Two were elected from each ward
Charles was only a councillor for a short time, as he resigned in June 1932. Extract from a report in the Shipley Times 2 July 1932 as follows: - “The Clerk reported that Coun. Charles Hodgson, of Saltaire, one of the Conservative members of the West Ward had tendered his resignation. The Council accepted this with regret.” No reason was given for his resignation. However Charles was having problems with his business. Legal Notice in the Yorkshire Post 28 September 1932 as follows: - “In the matter of a DEED OF ASSIGNMENT for the benefit of Creditors, executed on 14 June 1932, by CHARLES HODGSON of 13 Victoria Road, Saltaire in the County of York, carrying on business at the above address as a fruitier and at Hirst Lane, Saltaire, aforesaid, as a Garage Proprietor. “Persons having claims against the Debtor, who have not already done so, are required to send particulars thereof to us, the undersigned, or to Mr. C THOMPSON of 21 Henry Street, Keighley in the County of York, the Trustee under the said ???? before the 31st day of October. 1932, or in ???? thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any dividend proposed to be declared. Dated 27th day of September 1932. W and G. BURR SUGDEN and CO., 6 and 8, Devonshire Street, Keighley.” The Hodgson family were still trading at 13 Victoria Road in 1936. They left between October 1936 and November 1938. Charles’s wife, Ann, died on 3 February 1937. She was buried 6 three days later in Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley. In the 1939 Register Charles is a poultry & general dealer living at 16 Hirstwood Road, Shipley. Charles died 11 March 1956. He was buried on 14 March with his wife in Hirst Wood Cemetery Shipley.