Bodley first met Scott at Brighton where Scott’s brother married his sister in 1846. He then became Scott’s first pupil, living at home with him for five years. He was Scott’s assistant from 1850-6 and in the office at the same time as Street. From 1870-98, he was in partnership with Thomas Garner.

Bodley along with George Gilbert Scott and Garner founded Watts and Company in 1874. The firm is still run by Scott’s descendants.