The Goodliffe Family of Nottingham
Arnold Goodliffe - Provision Merchant
Arnold was born on 23 May 1807 in the family home of Lambley Lodge near Belton in the
County of Rutland.
We know a lot about Arnold's life as his son Thomas convinced Arnold to write down his recollections
of family, business and other information. By some chance, this story has been preserved and a typescript copy was given to Elizabeth Higgins
(daughter of another Arnold Goodliffe) who has preserved the story. A copy of Arnold's
history, entitled "The Story of My Life" is provided here.
Arnold grew up on the family farm, but in May 1823 the family received a letter from his brother William
asking if one of the family could come to Nottingham for a fortnight to be of
assistance in his shop. Arnold was chosen, so:
Daniel and I went to Leicester, took some sheep to sell, after we had sold them I went to the Stag &
Pheasant Hotel, mounted old Thomas Pettifore's old coach for Nottingham, and
soon felt interested, it being the first time I had ridden behind a four-in-hand.
We rattled away, changing at Loughboro' and Bunney, The lights of
Nottingham, its Castle and fine old Church came in view as we descended old Ruddington
Hill. The old Trent spanning the broadest river I had seen was interesting to me.
The Steep Stone Hill, old narrow Bridlesmith Gate lit up with gas and still
narrower High St with a strong beam across on which swung an immense painted
Blackmore's head, underneath which our old coachman drove to the White Lion,
Clumber St, where we arrived about 8.30. To me the memorable Saturday August 23rd
extract from Arnold Goodliffe's Memoirs p28
Arnold worked in his brother's provision shop as
general errand boy, liked Nottingham and decided to stay. About 1825
William took a shut-up shop in Bridlesmith Gate and began business as a
In October 1826 Arnold attended a tea-meeting for
teachers and friends of the Sunday School. It being Goose Fair, Arnold
was delayed at the shop, but on arrival at the meeting he was introduced to
two young ladies and was asked if he would accompany them home as they
lived a good distance off. This he did, discovering their names were Misses Anna and
Eliza Speed. As Arnold recalls "I found it pleasant to walk and
talk with Miss Anna, and by the next Goose Fair we had insensibly got into that stage
of feeling peculiar to that age which after the usual little quarrels of
lovers, ended in our being married Oct 2nd 1830." Memoirs
Arnold Goodliffe's Family
Arnold and Ann had 7 children. There is more information about each of them by following the
link with their name:
||Bap. Nott 18/10/1831
||Bap Nott 18/5/1833
||Bap Nott. 24/5/1835
||Bap Nott. 13/4/1836
||Darlington, Co Durham, 19/6/1909
||11 March 1848
||1 April 1909
In the 1841 census, the family was living at Bridlesmith Gate:
By the time of the 1851 census, Arnold and Ann were residing at Bridlesmith Gate.
Their family had grown to:
In the 1861 census, the family had moved to Lenton Rd, The Park and consisted of
By the 1871 census, still at Lenton Rd:
It is interesting to note that on the 1871 census, the next door neighbour was John Manning, Mayor of Nottingham.
Number 32 Lenton Rd, The Park, Nottingham. Possibly the house, designed by TC Hine, that Arnold Goodliffe built in
1859. (Photos by Michael Thomas)
No 31 Lenton Rd. This might have been Arnold's house, but is more likely to have been built for
John Manning, Mayor of Nottingham.
The family in later life
Helen Elizabeth Goodliffe died in 1872. She is buried in Nottingham General Cemetery.
In the 1881 census Arnold and Anna were at 5 Waverley Villas.
Arnold died there (5 Clarendon Rd on the death certificate) on May 16th 1888 aged 81 and is buried with daughter Helen.
His cause of death is Chronic Gastritis, exhaustion, senile debility.
His Obituary was published in the Nottingham Daily Express, Thursday May 17, 1888.
In the 1891 census, Annie was living at 5 Clarendon Rd with a servant (Elizabeth Palin (28)), although Whites
1894 Directory of Nottingham lists Anna at Waverley Villas, 5 Waverley Mount.
Annie died on December 25th 1895 aged 88 and is buried with daughter Helen and husband Arnold at Nottingham General Cemetery.
Headstone of Arnold Goodliffe and his wife Eliza at Nottingham General Cemetery
Close-up of Arnold Goodliffe's headstone. The inscription
reads: "Also of ARNOLD GOODLIFFE who departed this life May 16th 1888
aged 81 years. For ye have need of patience that having done the will
of God, ye may receive the promise"
Close-up of Anne Goodliffe's inscription, which reads
"Also Anne, widow of the above who died Dec 25th 1895 aged 88 years"
Close-up of Helen Elizabeth's inscription, which reads
"In affectionate remembrance of Helen Elizabeth Goodliffe Died 3rd
Oct, 1872 "He Giveth His Beloved Sleep"
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Last updated: 09/07/2020