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Slaidburn welcomes their new lady Squire, Anthea Hodson

PUBLISHED: 15:03 08 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:28 20 February 2013

Gordon Wilkinson

Gordon Wilkinson

Our artist paints the peaceful village of Slaidburn where residents have a new lady Squire looking after their interests. Amanda Griffiths reports

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The village of Slaidburn is a peaceful, pretty village where at first glance little seems to have changed over the years. But this pretty village is as 21st century as any other. A multi-million pound project by United Utilities last year saw the villages water supply connected to the mains for the first time; the village hall is a hub of the community not just for a host of community groups but for weddings too and, most unusual of all, Slaidburn has a new lady Squire.

Some might say the idea of one landowner owning an entire community is outdated, however there is little doubt that in Slaidburns case this is what has led to the preservation of the charming village and its atmosphere.

The Slaidburn estate passed to Mrs Anthea Hodson, the youngest daughter of the late Colonel and Mrs L C King-Wilkinson after the Colonel passed away. Anthea, who was born locally and brought up in Slaidburn, a place she has always called home says that she feels it a great privilege to be the custodian of such a special place.

Her parents taught her to love not only the Estate but also its inhabitants and she very much hopes she can run the Estate in a manner which will be a tribute to them. The Hodson family lived in Dunsop Bridge for three years while Major Kerry Hodson was working with the Yeomanry so they have many friends throughout the valley and look forward to attending their first Slaidburn Steam Rally in their new roles this year.

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