Lodge, Charles (1847-1910)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G.S.

The Shaftesbury Circuit, since its formation in 1905, has suffered the loss of some very able and devoted workers and officials, among whom we have to place the name of Charles Lodge, a man of high character, great devotion, and strong attachment to his Church. Born Nov. 9th, 1848, converted early in life, he soon became a local preacher, a position he held for more than thirty-five years with great acceptance.

He died suddenly October 20th, 1910. At that time he was a Trustee of several of our chapels, also Class Leader, Sunday School Superintendent, Chapel Secretary, and Treasurer of our St. James’ Church.

Liberal, kind, agreeable, and ever willing to serve, he has left a widow, daughter of the late Thomas Hunt, who was for years circuit steward and a prominent worker in the Motcombe Circuit, a son, two daughters to mourn his loss, yet to realise in their lives the fruit of his goodness and service. 

We laid him to rest in our Enmore Green burial ground. The circuit minister, Rev. J. Turley, Rev. C. Mason (Congregationalist), Rev. R. Rogers (Wesleyan) took part in the services.


Charles was born on 9 November 1847 at Cann, Dorset, to parents James Lodge, a labourer (1861), and Sarah Lush. he was baptised on 21 November 1847 at Cann.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Charles.

  • 1861 labourer
  • 1871 grocer’s labourer
  • 1881 celler man
  • 1891 grocer’s porter
  • 1901 celler man

He married Martha Ann Brockway (1846-1890) in the spring of 1869 at Cann, Dorset. Census returns identify one child.

  • Henry Charles (1869-1898) – a tailor (1891)

He married Sarah Ann Hunt (1857-1934) in early 1891 at Shaftsbury, Dorset. Census returns identify four children.

  • Edith Mary (1891-1971) – assisting in grocery business (1911); a shopkeeper retired (1939)
  • Mabel Ellen (1892-1970) – assisting in grocery business (1911); married Stair Smales, a shopkeeper (general) (1939), in 1922
  • Albert James (1894-1954) – a cabinet maker (1911); a carpenter & joiner (1939)
  • Bertha Elizabeth (1896-1925)

Charles died on 20 October 1910 at Shaftsbury, Dorset.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/660

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Charles’ birth was registered in the fourth quarter of 1847, not 1848 as stated in the obituary.

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