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NEWS FROM ST TUDY HISTORY GROUP RESEARCH TEAM
As we are regretting the over indulgence of Christmas, drinking too much wine and eating too much Turkey, spare a thought for St. Tudy residents in 1846 when the estate of their Reverend, Charles Hodgson, was sold by Auction at Wetherham.
Apparently there was about 120 Dozen bottles of wine and spirits, and an excellent London-built carriage, livestock and household furniture.
The stock of wine included 30 dozen London Particular Madeira, 20 dozen prime old Port, 4 dozen Dry Lisbon and 4 ½ dozen Sweet Sherry, and another 20 dozen bottles of wines I don’t recognise, then there were dozens of bottles of brandy and gin. These were probably bought in via Padstow which was a large port at that time.
Being a curious sort of person, I then found his Will in the Archives in the National Archives in London and downloaded it to have a look – well, I had to find out more about this man, who obviously liked the good life, shall we say.
He seemed to be a very intelligent and kind man with his bequeaths, leaving stock funds and securities and monies raised from the sale of his property, to his two lifelong friends, and a year’s salary to his servants.
In addition to this, his Housekeeper was given a yearly amount of £60.00, for every year of her natural life. This is equivalent to about £6,000 in 2019, but the cost of living was a fraction of what it is now, so it would have been a large sum for a woman to have, and I wonder why? That investigation continues.
Isn’t it interesting what you can find out when you look for information, and gain an insight into someone’s life from 173 years ago? I can now imagine him in his London-built Carriage travelling up from Wetherham into St. Tudy.
I hope a party was had by all, and that it was a very merry Christmas for all in St. Tudy! Pam Free
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