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T. C. Hudson

Mr Hudson

Mr T. C. Hudson was a prolific poet, playwright and freelance writer, born in Bellevue Road, Cowes (at that time within the Parish of Northwood) and a long-time resident of Northwood. He has contributed many articles and poems to this website which can be viewed within this section. Mr Hudson passed away on Friday 13th July 2007.

 

I have now been given most of Mr Hudson’s written work and have donated many of his Plays to the Apollo Theatre in Newport, Isle of Wight. I shall continue to transcribe articles and poems to this website as time allows.

 

Mr Hudson was also the author of, amongst other works, the children’s book ‘ADRIAN’S GHOST’.

 

PLEASE OBSERVE AND RESPECT THE COPYRIGHT STATEMENT ON EACH ITEM AND IF AN ITEM IS REPRODUCED PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE THE AUTHOR.

 

For more information on Mr Hudson please read his Autobiographical Notes in the Articles section.

 

OBITUARY –

THOMAS CYRIL HUDSON (1910 – 2007)

We were all very sad to learn of the passing of one of Northwood’s literary figures, and I do consider that we will be all the poorer for his passing. For many years T. C. Hudson has contributed poems to Northwood News, some having been written at a moment’s notice directly in response to my requests, and in all Cyril demonstrated his superb command and knowledge of the English language. Many are the times that I have been prompted to check on a particularly obscure word, only to find that it has been spelt not only absolutely correctly but contextually appropriate.

Cyril had a basic education until he took it upon himself to improve his knowledge by profound reading and correspondence courses. During the war he was tutored in Greek, French and Logic by The Reverend Constantine Sinclair, the Rector of Chale. Cyril worked at J. S. White & Co., firstly in the machine shop in Cowes, later as a draughtsman in the Drawing and Planning Department at the Somerton Works and finally Head of that department and deputising for the Works Manager. He was transferred to Head Office when the Somerton Works closed in 1966 and retired in 1975, thereafter devoting his time to the main loves of his life, water colour painting and literature.

His literary output has been profuse, with over 500 poems, 100 articles and short stories, and 30 plays amongst his achievements. He has won over 70 cups and shields at various festivals and had several books published. Oh, and one radio play broadcast on Radio 2 in 1970.

I have only been able to transcribe a selection of his works, which are displayed on this village website, but I do hope that they will remain of interest to Island residents as many of them reflect life on the Island and in Northwood from a bygone age.

I am continuously adding to my selection of poems and articles, as time allows me to transcribe them from the fading originals.

Please do have a look at the selection of Cyril’s works on this website. They contain some fascinating tales about many local characters and provide some historical background to Northwood’s past. Have a look also at his Autobiographical Notes, which give more details of his life.

I most certainly consider it a privilege to have known TCH on a personal basis.

 

Alan Welfoot
Former Editor, Northwood News Parish Magazine.

 

Plays by T.C.Hudson

 

BACHELOR BODYGUARD

 

ELIZA

 

Articles by T.C.Hudson

 

HARRY PRITCHETT ARCHAEOLOGIST AND ARTIST

by T. C. Hudson

 

THE SECOND OLDEST PROFESSION?

With the cessation of brick-making some years ago, there came to an end the Isle of Wight’s connection with one of its most lucrative products – a connection that six generations of the Pritchett family had done much to maintain.

 

A NONAGENARIAN REMEMBERS

Mr T.C. Hudson’s personal history of his early life in Northwood 1933 to 1945.

 

AUGUST HOLIDAY

A short story.
Available as a PDF file.

 

THEIR APPOINTED PLACES

A novel containing Isle of Wight dialect.
Available as a PDF file.

 

AN EMPRESS ON HOLIDAY

Empress Elizabeth of Austria.

 

ELIZABETH SLEPT THERE

An appreciation of Steephill Castle.

 

SELECTED SOJOURNS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

James Macartney, M.D. – Part 1.

 

SELECTED SOJOURNS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

James Macartney, M.D. – Part 2.

 

SELECTED SOJOURNS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) – Part 1.

 

SELECTED SOJOURNS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) – Part 2.

 

SELECTED SOJOURNS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Admiral Lord Jellicoe – Part 1.

 

SELECTED SOJOURNS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Admiral Lord Jellicoe – Part 2.

 

SELECTED SOJOURNS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Admiral Lord Jellicoe – Part 3.

 

SELECTED SOJOURNS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

John Boynton Priestley – Part 1.

 

SELECTED SOJOURNS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

John Boynton Priestley – Part 2.

 

SELECTED SOJOURNS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Albert William Ketelbey – Part 1.

 

SELECTED SOJOURNS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Albert William Ketelbey – Part 2.

 

SELECTED SOJOURNS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Lewis Carroll – Part 1.

 

SELECTED SOJOURNS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Lewis Carroll – Part 2.

 

THOMAS ARNOLD’S SCHOOLDAYS

Part 1 of an appraisal of the Island-born reforming headmaster of Rugby School.

 

THOMAS ARNOLD’S SCHOOLDAYS

Part 2 of an appraisal of the Island-born reforming headmaster of Rugby School.

 

THOMAS ARNOLD’S SCHOOLDAYS

Part 3 of an appraisal of the Island-born reforming headmaster of Rugby School.

 

THOMAS ARNOLD AT OXFORD

Part 4 of an appraisal of the Island-born reforming headmaster of Rugby School.

 

THOMAS ARNOLD: THE LALEHAM YEARS

Part 5 of an appraisal of the Island-born reforming headmaster of Rugby School.

 

THOMAS ARNOLD: FLOREAT RUGBEIA

Part 6 of an appraisal of the Island-born reforming headmaster of Rugby School.

 

THOMAS ARNOLD: FLOREAT RUGBEIA

Part 7 of an appraisal of the Island-born reforming headmaster of Rugby School.

 

THOMAS ARNOLD: FLOREAT RUGBEIA

Part 8 of an appraisal of the Island-born reforming headmaster of Rugby School.

 

THOMAS ARNOLD: THE FINAL ACHIEVEMENT

Part 9 of an appraisal of the Island-born reforming headmaster of Rugby School.

 

FIT FOR A KING

An appraisal of the Big Yachts of yesteryear.

 

FETTERED FERRY

How the Cowes to East Cowes Floating Bridge came about.

 

“THORNBOROUGH” – ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE

Spooks in Chale and Ryde.

 

THEY DEVELOP THE GASTROCNEMIUS

An appraisal of two-wheeled transport.

 

SHIELDS AND DEFENDERS

Reflections on aspects of the Cowes Volunteer Training Corps.

 

A CUTTER FOR COWES WEEK

Reflections on an occasionally sea-going member of the author’s family.

 

A LANDLUBBER’S GUIDE TO TALL SHIPS

From schooners, topsail-schooners, brigs, brigantines, barques and barquentines to ships.

 

IN “BLACK AND WHITE”

A look at a pictorial magazine of 1901.

 

A MAN OF SOME INDEPENDENCE

An appreciation of Reverend Constantine Sinclair, former Rector of St Andrew’s, Chale.

 

LICENSED FOR DRAMA

The Alexandra Hall in Cowes.

 

LET’S ALL GO TO A PICTURE-SHOW

When Cowes had three cinemas.

 

POTTER’S PLAQUE

Harry Pritchett’s puzzling production.

 

A FORGOTTEN POET

Dr Arthur Thomas Shearman – poet, philosopher and logician.

 

FROM WOODEN WALLS TO WELDED HULLS

An account of some of the ships built by J. S. White & Co. of Cowes.

 

SOMERTON WORKS 1936-1966

An account of J. S. White & Co.’s Somerton Works.

 

HE WIELDED PEN AND SWORD

An account of the life and career of Lionel James, author and war correspondent.

 

HOW ‘ADRIAN’S GHOST’ CAME ABOUT

Adrian’s Ghost – a book by Mr T. C. Hudson.

 

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

Born in Cowes 25th August 1910.
Domestic status: Bachelor.
Died in Northwood 13th July 2007.

 

‘DOWN UNDER’ DUPLICATES

Island place names and their counterparts in Oz.

 

WHEN BRITANNIA HAD WINGS

Cowes Week long ago.

 

VETERAN ON HOLIDAY

A chance encounter with a Chelsea Pensioner.

 

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Poems by T.C.Hudson

 

CELEBRATION (V.E. DAY MAY 8TH 1945)

I could not on that day in May

 

THE BERLIN WALL

It stands, its cruel concrete face

 

THE BOLSHOI BALLET AT BATTERSEA

The curtains part, the group ethereal

 

A MASTERTEAM MISS

Admitting her reluctance, she

 

CELEBRATION (THE SHERLOCK HOLMES CENTENARY)

The cover, faded blue, depicts

 

CHRISTMAS 1940

’Twas a week before Christmas in an

 

THE RIDING SCHOOL PASSES

Clip-clop, clip-clop,

 

A CHRISTENING AT ALL SAINTS (FRESHWATER)

The atmosphere, well charged

 

THE GAP CLOSES

At billiards in a village club,

 

PAID HANDS (CIRCA 1928)

With frothy pints in hardened hands,

 

THE SEMI-FINALIST

She failed to reach the final test,

 

ACADEMY PICTURE

With patience and protractor’s aid

 

VALSHEDA

Unheralded she came, returning to

 

PICTURESQUE COTTAGE (CIRCA 1890)

“How idyllic,” they zays, as they zees

 

MEMORIAL TO MY MOTHER

She died at forty-six.

 

FLAT DWELLERS

Although she lives and eats alone,

 

CHRISTMAS CALENDAR

The calendar arrived by post.

 

CAVE-IN AT VENTNOR

Presumably he knew the risk

 

CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME (CIRCA 1922)

For hours, it seemed, they reminisced,

 

YOUTHFUL FOLLY

Why do they, to themselves untrue,

 

YORK STREET SCHOOL DEMOLISHED

My mother told of schooldays spent

 

WELL PLAYED, SIR!

Eighteen eighty-two, remark it,

 

RUSKIN WRITES TO KATE GREENAWAY

If kisses, penned, meant naught,

 

EXPOSURE

How long before I hear again

 

TO MARION IN HER KITCHEN

No Valentine in all my days

 

THE SEASONS

When poets through the ages all have sung

 

NEW FOREST EXODUS

Picturesque? But would artistic

 

BACHELOR’S CHRISTMAS

Reclusive, old, he sits alone.

 

MECCA FOR MORONS

With Lennon, cynic, bunkum’s graduate,

 

BEYOND ’84

Long since, Cassandra-like, we cried, “Beware!”

 

LIGHTNING STRIKES YORK MINSTER

The controversy waxes, wanes,

 

TATTOO

The anaconda caught my eye,

 

WINTER DEPRESSION

The draggled day had drawn

 

LIMERICKS

There climbed to the Long Stone a queue

 

CLERIHEWS

Robert Runcie, indiscreet,

 

REVELATION

I heard wise men debate

 

FALKLAND FATALITY

No danger gloomed his Dorset sky

 

DILEMMA

We, who lived through ‘red alerts’,

 

RIVAL ATTRACTION

A morning haze obscures

 

YOUNG MOTHER

Beside me on the bus

 

UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER

You came in unexpectedly –

 

FLASH-BACK ON FOLLY

The guide-book did it – woke

 

I DANCED WITH A RELATIVE’S MISTRESS

For bitterness she’d caused –

 

A RENT IN THE TAPESTRY

She lured him from a line of kings.

 

PARVENU

Though one of four, her bulk

 

BIRTHPLACE

It looks a happy house;

 

SCHOOL-TEACHER

We pass the time of day,

 

I DESTROY THE EVIDENCE

A letter to his mother from

 

CRYSTAL WEDDING

For fifteen years since walking down the aisle

 

LILLIE (Inspired by the TV performance of Francesca Annis)

Where other, more proficient pens,

 

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