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 I would welcome more information on our Saint if anyone has anything to add.

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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 carried for the wagon. All 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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Robert Woodhouse
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 until 1823.
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.



Today we have the painful duty of recording the decease of our talented and
highly esteemed townsman George WOODHOUSE Esq., architect of Heathbank, Chorley
New Road, which occurred at 8 o'clock on Monday night at his temporary residence
near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire where he has been staying for the past month with
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 of
air, and with that and a thorough rest, endeavour to recoup his lost
strength. Acting acting under this advice he proceeded to Uttoxeter but unfortunately,
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 in a
second apoplectic attack, from which he never rallied, and he died as stated. The
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, near
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 the
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 on
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 to
bring him up in the musical profession, but his love for drawing and construction
gave him a inclination in another direction, and at his own request he was
articled to Mr James WHITTAKER, who now carries on as cotton spinner at Shipton
Mill, but at that time was one of the leading architects of the town. With Mr
James WHITTAKER he made great progress. He was most enthusiastic in his new
profession, and he went into its details with so much ardour that he soon became
entrusted with undertakings of considerable importance. On acceptance by Mr
WHITTAKER of the office of advising architect and engineer under Messrs ORMEROD &
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 even then
that, for fear of losing his services Mr WHITTAKER made him a partner before
the expiry of his articles. His capacity for work at this period of his life was
something extraordinary, and whilst he could draw and perform the technical
duties of his profession much faster than any of his compeers he would often work
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 being
from one John KNOWLES Esq.,J.P., to erect for him his present residence Heaton
Grange, Chorley New Road. His well known skill and his assiduity in furthering the
interests of his clients brought him a very large share of the business not
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. Indeed he
paid so much attention to his department of work that he was excelled by none,and
was consulted as to the erection of mills in all parts of the country. In
Bolton, it is almost possible to count the important mill on one's fingers in the
erection of which he has not had the leading part. In designing of places of
worship and public buildings he was also eminently successful, and Park Street
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 for
designs for the Town Hall, Mr WOODHOUSE sent in a series of plans of great
merit. Professor DONALDSON who was appointed judge, was so struck with their
appropriateness and with the efficiency and completeness of the interior that though
he liked the exterior of the design of Mr HILL of Leeds best, and awarded him
the first premium, he suggested a combination of the two series of plans and
on his advice Mr HILL and the deceased were appointed joint architects in the
erection of our magnificent municipal buildings. Residing as he did in the town
and paying every attention to the details of the work he was instrumental in
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, and he
became one of the best organists of whom the town could boast. He was appointed
honorary organist at Park Street Chapel on its erection, a position he has
continued to hold ever since, with credit to himself and with eminent satisfaction to
his fellow worshippers. Together with his friends, John KNOWLES, Esq., J.P., and
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 handsome
instrument. In religion he was thoroughgoing Methodist and he was member of the
society at Park Street. In politics he was ardent Conservative, but he never took
part in public life, and consequently was not so widely known as would otherwise
have been the case. Wherever he was known, however, and in his circle of
acquaintances was large and influential, he was both beloved and respected. He has
been married 3 times and leaves a family of 8 children, 7 boys and one girl the
youngest being under 2 and the oldest having not yet attained his majority. We
understand that Mr WOODHOUSE's friends perceived some months ago that his health
was giving way under the strain of his incessant attention to his duties and
they advised him to obtain the services of a gentleman qualified to take charge
of his business during his absence. This after much persuasion he agreed to, and
the business arrangements of the firm have for the past few weeks been in the
hands of Mr.W.J.MORLEY of Bradford, a gentleman of eminent abilities and great
experience, who under the arrangements made by the trustees is to retain the
management and carry on the transactions of the firm as before.
As showing the extensive business transactions of the deceased, it may be be
not uninteresting if we give a few of his more important commissions. In
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 hospital
in connection with that institution, the Rochdale union workhouse, the Bradford
buildings in Mawsley street, the gate lodge and pavilion in the park, the
infirmary at Burnley, the premises of the Bank of Bolton in Deansgate and at
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 Wesleyan
Chapels at Fletcher street, Halliwell road, Astley Bridge, Walkden, Gorton,
Burslem, Bacup, Banbury, Crawshawbooth, Delph hill, Earlstown, Hebden bridge,
Harrogate, Kettering, Littleborough, Lindley (nr Huddersfield), Leamington, Oakes(nr
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 honour of
erecting the first cotton mill in the midlands namely that at Nuneaton and
there are mills in Canada and several foreign countries which have built from his
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.

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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