George Hudson Mayoral Table Holy Trinity

Contributed by Holy Trinity York Churches Conservation Trust

George Hudson Mayoral Table Holy Trinity

George Hudson "The Railway King's" two terms of office as Mayor in 1838 &1839 are recorded on the Mayoral Table in Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, York, his parish church.

George Hudson was apprenticed with Nicholson's Drapers on Goodramgate. In 1821 he was made a partner and married Richard Nicholson's sister Elizabeth in Holy Trinity Church on the 17th July.

On inheriting £30,000 from his great uncle Mathew Bottrill, Hudson saw the railway as the future. In 1833 he invested in the proposal to link York to the Leeds- Selby Line and continued investment in other railway schemes. His greatest contribution to York's future prosperity was persuading George Stephenson to route the Newcastle to London line through the city.

Hudson made York an important rail centre, providing access to exotic goods and the emerging global market, guaranteeing the city's future prosperity.
Holy Trinity is cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust.

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