Blessed Thomas Woodhouse, SJ M (AC)
Died 1573; beatified in 1886. During the persecutions in England, Father
Woodhouse lived in Lincolnshire and worked as a private tutor in Wales.
In 1561, he was taken to Fleet prison where he remained until his death.
During this time, he was admitted by letter to the Society of Jesus.
He was hanged at Tyburn (Benedictines). This reference comes from www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/0619.htm
I would welcome more information on our Saint if anyone has anything
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On the subject of sacrifice I must include the wife of John Woodhouse
the Mormon Pioneer. Although not a Woodhouse at the time, as a girl she
was a member of the Thomas Pioneer Family and walked thousands of miles
across the plains and mountains of America. In her mother's record of
the journey they set out with nothing, not even shoes for the children.
Her mother states that when walking through the frozen snows the children
went to bed at night their feet still bleeding, after having the only
treatment available put on their feet, that was the axle grease they
but the wagon drivers walked, because the wagon was as full as they could
make it with furniture, food and fodder for the oxen that there was no
room for passengers.
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On a lighter note, for many people in England, Barbara Woodhouse inspired
all dog owners to try to train their animals to behave. Her television
series of programmes drew huge audiences, not just because they wanted
to have dogs better behaved, but because they wanted to see how she managed
to control some of the most unruly and even violent dogs, turning them
into obedient canine paragons. Her trademark calls of "HEEL" and the
musical "WALKIES" were part of the public vocabulary of the day.
This obituary was in the New York Times in 1988.
--Born May 9, 1910, in Rathfarnham, County Dublin, Ireland; died following
a stroke, July 8 (some sources say July 9), 1988, in Buckinghamshire,
England. Animal trainer, filmmaker, and author. Woodhouse was an endearing,
highly successful dog trainer. She insisted that her method, which
relied on conviction, instinct, and sympathy, was infallible in training
even the most incorrigible canine. In the 1980s she developed a substantial
following in Britain through her television series "Training Dogs
the Woodhouse Way." This popularity resulted in her selection
as Britain's female television personality of 1980. Woodhouse produced
and directed such films as "School for Problem Dogs" and "Love
Me, Love My Dog." Among her published works are Dog Training My
Way, The Barbara Woodhouse Book of Dogs, The World of Dogs, Walkies:
Dog Care the Woodhouse Way, and Talking to Animals, an autobiography
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Born: 28 April 1773 in Norwich, England
Died: 28 Dec 1827 in Cambridge, England
Robert Woodhouse's father was a draper, who was also called Robert Woodhouse,
and his mother was Judith Alderson, the daughter of a Unitarian minister
from Lowestoft. As well as Robert junior, the subject of this biography,
Judith and Robert Woodhouse had a younger son John Thomas Woodhouse who
was born in 1780. Robert junior attended grammar school in North Walsham.
On 20 May 1790 he was admitted to Caius College, Cambridge, where he
graduated as Senior Wrangler (ranked first among the First Class students)
and first Smith's prizeman in 1795. He became a fellow of Caius College
in 1798, as did his younger brother a few years later, and held the fellowship
Woodhouse was made a fellow of the Royal Society on 16 December 1802.
He was appointed Lucasian professor of mathematics in 1820 but this chair
provided such a small income that he was happy to resign in 1822 so that
he might accept the better paid position as Plumian professor of astronomy
and experimental philosophy. He also became the first director of the
Cambridge University observatory which had just been newly built.
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Kindly sent to me by Joan Gaskin a member of the Guild Of One-Name Studies.
BOLTON CHRONICLE 8 Sep 1883
DEATH OF GEORGE WOODHOUSE Esq
Today we have the painful duty of recording the decease of our talented
highly esteemed townsman George WOODHOUSE Esq., architect of Heathbank,
New Road, which occurred at 8 o'clock on Monday night at his temporary
near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire where he has been staying for the past
the hope of improving his health. Mr Woodhouse had been unwell for a
considerable time suffering from overwork. He had been attended by Dr.SNAPE,
and as he
became worse some few weeks ago that gentleman advised him to try a change
air, and with that and a thorough rest, endeavour to recoup his lost
strength. Acting acting under this advice he proceeded to Uttoxeter but
instead of improving he rapidly became worse in spite of the most assiduous
attention from the medical men called in. On Monday the symptoms culminated
second apoplectic attack, from which he never rallied, and he died as
sorrowful news reaching his friends here soon after 11 o'clock on Tuesday
morning. Mr Woodhouse who was 54 years of age, was a native of Lindley,
Huddersfield. He came to Bolton when he was 15 years of age,
being introduced to the town for the purpose of playing the organ at
Bridge Street Wesleyan Chapel. He resided at that time with a Mr Abraham
PILLING, the contractor, who was a friend of the family. For a short
time after he came to
Bolton he was connected with Mr Alderman MOSCROP who was then carrying
the business of a chemist &c. It was not definitely settled at that
time to what
business he should be put. His father, knowing his musical talents, wished
bring him up in the musical profession, but his love for drawing and
gave him a inclination in another direction, and at his own request he
articled to Mr James WHITTAKER, who now carries on as cotton spinner
Mill, but at that time was one of the leading architects of the town.
James WHITTAKER he made great progress. He was most enthusiastic in his
profession, and he went into its details with so much ardour that he
entrusted with undertakings of considerable importance. On acceptance
WHITTAKER of the office of advising architect and engineer under Messrs
HARDCASTLE, Mr WOODHOUSE was transferred to his brother Mr John Williamson
WHITTAKER, who also carried on the business of architect in the town.
With his new
master he soon made himself a great favourite, and such was his ability
that, for fear of losing his services Mr WHITTAKER made him a partner
the expiry of his articles. His capacity for work at this period of his
something extraordinary, and whilst he could draw and perform the technical
duties of his profession much faster than any of his compeers he would
all through the night in order to complete plans when there was unusual
pressure of business. After being with Mr Williamson WHITTAKER as partner
for 3 or 4
years, Mr WOODHOUSE commenced business for himself, his first commission
from one John KNOWLES Esq.,J.P., to erect for him his present residence
Grange, Chorley New Road. His well known skill and his assiduity in furthering
interests of his clients brought him a very large share of the business
only in Bolton but of the surrounding districts, and perhaps he has been
connected with building of more mills than any other man in Lancashire.
paid so much attention to his department of work that he was excelled
was consulted as to the erection of mills in all parts of the country.
Bolton, it is almost possible to count the important mill on one's fingers
erection of which he has not had the leading part. In designing of places
worship and public buildings he was also eminently successful, and Park
Chapel and the Gas offices in Hotel Street are monuments to his skill,
to his taste
and constructive ability. On the competition instituted by the Corporation
designs for the Town Hall, Mr WOODHOUSE sent in a series of plans of
merit. Professor DONALDSON who was appointed judge, was so struck with
appropriateness and with the efficiency and completeness of the interior
he liked the exterior of the design of Mr HILL of Leeds best, and awarded
the first premium, he suggested a combination of the two series of plans
on his advice Mr HILL and the deceased were appointed joint architects
erection of our magnificent municipal buildings. Residing as he did in
and paying every attention to the details of the work he was instrumental
giving such a completeness to the building that is now admittedly one
of the best
town halls in the kingdom. Whilst pushing forward in his business with
such ardour his musical abilities were not allowed to lie in abeyance,
became one of the best organists of whom the town could boast. He was
honorary organist at Park Street Chapel on its erection, a position he
continued to hold ever since, with credit to himself and with eminent
his fellow worshippers. Together with his friends, John KNOWLES, Esq.,
Mr BEST he arranged the details of the erection of the new organ at Park
Street and no little credit is due to him for the suitability of the
instrument. In religion he was thoroughgoing Methodist and he was member
society at Park Street. In politics he was ardent Conservative, but he
part in public life, and consequently was not so widely known as would
have been the case. Wherever he was known, however, and in his circle
acquaintances was large and influential, he was both beloved and respected.
been married 3 times and leaves a family of 8 children, 7 boys and one
youngest being under 2 and the oldest having not yet attained his majority.
understand that Mr WOODHOUSE's friends perceived some months ago that
was giving way under the strain of his incessant attention to his duties
they advised him to obtain the services of a gentleman qualified to take
of his business during his absence. This after much persuasion he agreed
the business arrangements of the firm have for the past few weeks been
hands of Mr.W.J.MORLEY of Bradford, a gentleman of eminent abilities
experience, who under the arrangements made by the trustees is to retain
management and carry on the transactions of the firm as before.
As showing the extensive business transactions of the deceased, it may
not uninteresting if we give a few of his more important commissions.
addition to the buildings named above, he is connected with Mr Leigh
HALL, then of
Bolton, designed the Fishpool Workhouse, and later designed the new fever
in connection with that institution, the Rochdale union workhouse, the
buildings in Mawsley street, the gate lodge and pavilion in the park,
infirmary at Burnley, the premises of the Bank of Bolton in Deansgate
Farnworth, the Sunnyside institute and mills &c. In the erection
of chapels he was
singularly successful. The first he designed was the Bank street Unitarian
chapel which was opened in Aug 1856, and during his long career he erected
Chapels at Fletcher street, Halliwell road, Astley Bridge, Walkden, Gorton,
Burslem, Bacup, Banbury, Crawshawbooth, Delph hill, Earlstown, Hebden
Harrogate, Kettering, Littleborough, Lindley (nr Huddersfield), Leamington,
Huddersfield), Penrith, Rochdale, Salendine Nook (nr Huddersfield), Sandbach,
Warrington, Wigan and Zetland Claremont baptist chapel, Brownlow fold
Methodist N.C., Belper
congregational, Haslingden Baptist, Lindley Methodist N.C. He also designed
the library at
Didsbury college, Britannia schools Bacup, and many others. He had the
erecting the first cotton mill in the midlands namely that at Nuneaton
there are mills in Canada and several foreign countries which have built
plans and specifications.
Those of you who have read through this will agree that this was a man
who make his mark in the world, and probably left it early as a result
of over-work if that is possible.
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A search for Woodhouse on Google brings up a number of interesting entries.
One of them worth reading about is Christopher Montgomery Woodhouse,
the 4th Earl of Toddington. Click on the link for "The last interview
with Professor Woodhouse" to read a brief life history of a very brave
and successful man. this link should take you straight there. http://www.helleniccomserve.com/woodhouse.html
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I could add many more, but will finish with a mention of; William Cocus.
What has he to do with the Woodhouse lines?
Take a look for him under the CHARTS page