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A H Dodd

Arthur Herbert Dodd was born at Wrexham in 1891. His father was Charles Dodd a local schoolmaster. He was educated at Wrexham Grammar School and studied history at New College, Oxford. He was appointed lecturer in history at Bangor in 1919 and became history professor at Bangor University in 1930 in which post he remained until his retirement in 1958. He was particularly interested in Tudor and Stuart Wales. He published a large number of articles and books notably The Industrial Revolution in North Wales (1933) and Life in Wales (1972).

He was committed to the adult education movement which began in Wrexham in 1911 and was for many years Chairman of the Workers' Education Committee. He regularly gave lectures to an extra-mural class until a few months before his death. He was a founder member of the Denbighshire Historical Society and edited their transactions for many years and in 1955 became their President. In 1952 a committee was formed to produce a history of Wrexham. A.H. Dodd was appointed editor of the work. Local contributors were allocated a section of the history. It was aimed to update Palmer's work and also to give a view of the community's history as a whole. The book was published to coincide with the Borough Centenary Celebration in 1957. He was made a freeman of the Borough of Wrexham in 1963. Dodd died 21 May 1975 at Bangor.