Lindsey Hodgkinson (1812-1893) was a Grocer and the Postmaster for
Matlock Bridge in Queen Victoria's reign.
He was the younger of the two sons of Samuel Hodgkinson of Matlock
by his second wife, Catherine Wild, and was baptised at Matlock
on 12 September 1813.
The couple had seven children altogether, but not all of their
children survived into adulthood.
Two years after his father died Lindsey married Mary
Chadwin, the eldest daughter of Mrs. Betty Brinsley who lived
in Matlock Dale and ran a carrier business.
Mary had been born in Brassington, where her grandfather lived
on a large farm, and she was baptised there in 1816.
Mary Hodgkinson, née Chadwin / Brinsley (1816-94)
A family account, written by his great grand daughter, records
that Lindsey Hodgkinson had "a farm that stretched from Holt
Hall up Masson. When the railway came, it cut off the farm and
cut off the water for the cattle so Lindsey sold it and divided
the proceeds of the farm between his two sons George and Joseph.
George had the printing works and garden and Joseph had The Mart,
which was an auction rooms. He had an aviary at the end of his
garden. Joseph married Miss Statham from Dale Road and Ms. Statham's
brother was the painting master who taught Gran to paint".
Lindsey also represented the General Life and Fire Assurance Company
as their Matlock agent for a time.
He and his family can be found in all the Matlock Bridge census returns.
Although the late Victorian photograph below is rather dark it
shows the large number of people who paid their respects on 22
Apr 1893 when Lindsey Hodgkinson was buried. He was interred at
St. Giles and his widow, Mary, was buried there the following year.
Funeral of Lindsey Hodgkinson
Below is a photograph of Holt House on Holt Lane, the home of Lindsey
and Mary's son Joseph. The Post Office the Hodgkinson's ran was
just round the corner at the bottom of Snitterton Road.
According to the family, there used to be a pulley on the building
so that George didn't have to get
out of bed when the post arrived - the postbag was hooked on to
the pulley and he wound it up and took it in the window. It is
not know which member of the family is sitting on the balcony
above the bay window. It is hard to date the photo, but was probably
taken around 1900.
Holt House, Holt Lane
Lindsey's half-sister, Mary, drowned in the
Derwent. The report of the accident can be found on Matlock,
Riber & Starkholmes