Rosalind Hudson

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Rosalind Audrey Clare Hudson (née Latham 31 July 1926 – 7 July 2013) was a British codebreaker and architectural model maker.

Rosalind was educated at Adcote School, Shropshire. Hudson dropped out of the Liverpool School of Art to join the Women's Royal Naval Service during World War II.[1] Following training in the WRNS she was sent to Bletchley Park, home of the British government's the Government Code and Cypher School. Hudson worked in Hut 8 under cryptanalyst Alan Turing. She never discussed her work at Bletchley Park following the war.[1]

After the war Hudson trained as a florist under Constance Spry, and arranged flowers at Claridge's and the Savoy hotels.[1] The Savoy gave her and her husband a suite overlooking the River Thames as a wedding present. Hudson worked as a florist for Somerset Maugham and his wife, the interior designer Syrie Maugham, and was an amateur pianist and watercolorist.[1]

Hudson was most notable for her architectural models, being particularly attracted to Georgian architecture.[1] Bath's Building of Bath Collection and Bath's Pump Room contain models made by Hudson. A scale model of Dulwich Picture Gallery made by Hudson stands in the galleries foyer. Hudson made a model of Highgrove, the country house of Charles, Prince of Wales as a present for the Prince and Princess of Wales's wedding in 1981.[1] Hudson was later commissioned by Charles to alter the model when he added a porch to the house. Hudson made models of other private houses, and was reluctant to accept payment for her models.[1]

She met her husband, Richard Hudson in 1945. Hudson was serving in the Royal Marines, they married in 1949. She was survived by her husband and their three sons and two daughters, they lived on a farm near Bath.[1]

She died in 2013, shortly before her 87th birthday.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Obituary: Rosalind Hudson". The Daily Telegraph. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.