Christmas in England 2006
DAY 11: Monday 1 January
Lambley Lodge - Belton in Rutland
Today was an important part of our holiday, as we were to visit Rutland and the locations related to the Goodliffe family history. Arnold Goodliffe (my Great-great-grandfather) was born at Lambley Lodge in May 1807, and his story is told elsewhere on this website.
Monday dawned fine and cold after a night of heavy rain, so we headed south from Nottingham to the small county of Rutland. Belton is a small village set amongst rolling hills of farmland. The old farm of Lambley Lodge is on the crest of a rise.
The Name: In early documents and headstones, the Lodge is referred to as "Lamley", but in later documents a "b" had appeared - Lambley.
Apparently the area of Leithfield Forest was, and still is, well known for "The Hunt" and for rambling over the farms. In the early-1800s the number of visitors to the Lodge increased and some mistakenly pronounced the name as "Lame-ley" , ie "lame" as in disabled. Arnold's Mother - Mary (Arnold) - is reported to have taken exception to this, and insisted that the "b" be added to the spelling so that the visitors would pronounce it correctly - "lamb-ley" as in "lamb".
The Lodge and farm passed from Thomas and Mary to their eldest son, John (1798-1864), who in turn passed it on to his son Simpson Stokes Goodliffe (1842-1922). Simpson and his wife Sarah had four daughters and a son, but none of these took up the farm so it was sold following Simpson's death. The farm was leased out for many years and the buildings fell into disrepair, until again being sold in the mid-1970s. The new owners demolished most of the buildings but restored one, so the buildings seen today are mostly post-Goodliffe era. The current owners are also not interested in the Goodliffe heritage of the farm and apparently are not welcoming of visitors. As it was New Year's Day when we visited, we perhaps wisely chose not to disturb the occupants.
St Peters Church, Belton
Many of the Goodliffe family records relate to the church of St Peters in Belton, and there are several Goodliffe headstones near the church door. (There is more detail about the church and the Goodliffe headstones here.)
Barrowden Baptist Chapel
Arnold's Mother, Mary ARNOLD, was associated with the Baptist Chapel in Barrowden, and many of the Goodliffe family went there as well. Today the chapel is abandoned and has recently been sold for conversion to a private residence. However there are conditions to the sale, including the preservation of the appearance of the exterior, and the satisfactory relocation of the headstones. But first we had to find the chapel, hidden away in a small lane in the village of Barrowden.
Rutland Water and Braunston
Rutland Water is the largest lake in England, and is well known for its birdlife. On New Years Day the birds were scarce, but there were plenty of people about. There was a cold wind blowing across the lake by mid-afternoon, so we poured a cup of tea from our Thermos, then headed on to Braunston. This village was another Goodliffe location, so we visited the All Saints Church, then settled into the Old Plough pub. Our room was excellent, well heated and with a large bathroom. The pub had a welcoming fire, and a large dining room with superb food.
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