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James Hudson Esq. 1804-1859 - A Man of Bakewell
ISBN 978-0-9562706-2-7
by Phillip Sheppy & Paul Hudson.
Published December 2009 - 36 pages, illustrated (including colour images).
A5 - Softback : £3.00 from bookstores + £1.00 (UK P&P)

Phillip Sheppy was Honorary Librarian to the Royal Agricultural Society of England from 1994 until 2007. He was appointed MBE in 1985, is a Fellow of Royal Agricultural Societies and an Honorary Member of City and Guilds of London Institute.

Paul Hudson served for 32 years in the Metropolitan Police Force, the last 28 of which he spent in Special Branch. In 1996 he retired from his position as second-in-command of Prime Minister John Major's personal protection team. He is the great-great-grandson of James Hudson and comes from Bakewell.

In 2008 Paul Hudson’s book, Ann Summers – Creator of the World Famous Bakewell Pudding, was published all about the history of the Hudson family in and around the town of Bakewell since the 1770’s. During his research into the family history he came into contact with Phillip Sheppy, who at that time was the Honorary Librarian and Archivist of The Royal Agricultural Society of England based at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. On two separate occasions he had put Paul in contact with cousins of whose existence he had not previously been aware.

Phillip Sheppy’s special interest was in James Hudson, the eldest son of Ann Summers, Paul’s great-great-great-grandmother who later became Ann Hudson and, even later, Ann Greaves! James, at the tender age of 21, and at the behest of the famous scientist, Sir Humphry Davy, had become the Assistant Secretary and Librarian of the Royal Society. Thirteen years later, in 1839, he had been appointed the first full-time Secretary of the Royal Agricultural Society of England and the Editor of its Journal.

In consequence of Paul’s book, in the Spring of 2009 the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) asked him, with the assistance of Phillip Sheppy, to write an article about the life of James Hudson for inclusion in the 2009 edition of The Journal of the RASE. The article was unfortunately restricted to 3,000 words and just two images. The article was duly written and published in The Journal in November 2009. Paul and Phillip had been forced to restrict the article to the bare minimum of facts on James’ life and times. As a result they had so much additional information and images left over that it became apparent that to tell the story of James Hudson properly they needed to publish the facts in a book for all to read. So Paul has again coupled up with Pynot Publishing, to produce A Man of Bakewell.

The authors were very grateful to receive a donation from The Royal Agricultural Society of England towards the cost of the publication of A Man of Bakewell.

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