Alec Hodson

Manufacturer of specialist musical instruments

Alec Hodson Ltd was a manufacturer of musical instruments, with a speciality in making harpsichords. In 1937, the business was acquired by the John Lewis Partnership. Subsequently, Hodson’s made harpsichords and selected other instruments for Peter Jones, until it was sold on by the Partnership.

Appeal for information!

Very little is known about Alec Hodson Ltd and company’s relationship with the Partnership. If you have any information or pictures you would like to add, then please comment below or, better still, contribute a page!

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  • His dates are 1900-1986, if that helps

    By Kate Hawnt (13/08/2019)
  • Hi,
    I know that Raymond Russell (collector of the Russell Collection now in Edinburgh) performed on an Alec Hodson virginal in December 1940 in Cambridge, but am uncertain whether he owned it or not. Would be very interested to learn more about Hodson and his work.

    By Kate Hawnt (13/08/2019)
  • I would be interested to see photographs of your spinet. You may need to send them the heritage.centre@johnlewis.co.uk so I can publish them online. Many Thanks Hannah. Assistant Archivist for the John Lewis Partnership

    By Hannah Raeburn (28/02/2017)
  • I have a spinet by Alec Hodson marked “Alec Hodson, Lavenham, Suffolk fecit anno MCMLVIII”. I could send some photos if anyone is interested.

    By Lesley Miles (18/02/2017)
  • About 20 years ago I visited Ballywater Castle in Northern Ireland, home of the late Lord (Henry) Dunleath. In his music room was a harpsichord, or maybe a virginals, by Alec Hodson. I seem to recall it had a rural scene painted on the underside of the lid. Not much help, I’m afraid, but maybe the present owners of the Castle may have more information.

    By John Sayer (13/05/2015)

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