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1802 Born at St. Kerrian, Exeter, the son of George Bodley and his wife Ann Parkin
In 1838 William Canute Bodley, who had been working in partnership with his brother Alfred in A. and W. C. Bodley and set up the West of England Foundry which was situated opposite the cattle market on land now occupied by Renslade House. Not only did the new foundry manufacture waterwheels and undertake other general foundry work, but William Canute took with him the right to manufacture the famous Bodley stove.
1847 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting and carried on, in the county of the city of Exeter, between us the undersigned, William Canute Bodley and Charles Hill, as Ironfounders, is this day dissolved, by mutual consent...'
1847 Mention of his partner Mr. Huxtable.
1847 Court adjudication. 'Mr. William Canute Bodley, iron-founder, was summoned by an apprentice named William Wakeham Martin, for the non payment of 4s 8d wages. Mr. Fryer appeared for the complainant. The boy had injured his hand with a hammer, and not being able to do his usual work for a fortnight, had been employed in running errands. Mr. Bodley, and his partner in business, Mr. Huxtable, maintained that the boy did no work all that time, and that he only came to the shop to play - he was never asked to work, being considered incapable. The mayor ordered the sum to be paid, as the boy had not, according to the indenture- "wilfully neglected his work." 
1851 Living at Bonhay, Exeter: William C. Bodley (age 49 born Exeter), Master Ironfounder employs 14 men and 6 boys. With his wife Jane Bodley (age 48 born Exeter) and their five children; Paul Bodley (age 16 born Exeter); Christopher Taylor (age 21 born Exeter), Ironfounder; Louisa Bodley (age 14 born Exeter); Bessy Bodley (age 12 born Exeter); and Marian Bodley (age 9 born Exeter). Also a visitor and one servant.
1852 'Gigantic Casting. — Mr. W. C. Bodley, of the Bonhay, has recently cast a large shaft for Mr. Harris, of the Countess Weir Mills, which weighed nearly five tons.'
1854 Death of his wife Jane, age 53.