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 1823.
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 Provision Merchant.

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 p35-36

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:

Name Baptised/Birth date Spouse Marr. Date Died
Thomas Bap. Nott 18/10/1831 Ann Stafford 1852 1889
Mary Ann Bap Nott 18/5/1833 William Eaton 1854 1892
Helen Elizabeth Bap Nott. 24/5/1835 - - Basford 1872
Pickering Bap Nott. 13/4/1836 Margaret Murphy 29/6/1865 Liverpool 6/3/1892
Sarah 2/3/1839 William Froggatt 11/4/1867 Darlington, Co Durham, 19/6/1909
Frederick Arnold 1842 Elizabeth Swain 11/4/1867 Leicester 18/5/1909
Edwin Daniel 11 March 1848 Elizabeth Clarke 22/11/1870 1 April 1909

In the 1841 census, the family is living at Bridlesmith Gate:

Arnold 34
Ann 34
(Thomas) William 9
Mary Ann 7
Elizabeth 5
Pickering 4
Sarah 2
William Aldridge 15
Martha Keay 15
Charles Cockerill 14
Sarah Culpin 12

By the time of the 1851 census, Arnold and Ann were residing at Bridlesmith Gate. Their family had grown to:

Arnold Goodliffe Head 44 Provision Merchant Rutland, Lambley Lodge
Ann Goodliffe Wife 44   Sedgbrook, Lincs
Thomas Goodliffe son 20 Provision Merchant shop assistant Clerk Nott St Peter
Mary Ann Goodliffe daughter 18 Governess Nott St Peter
Ellen (Helen) Elizabeth Goodliffe daughter 16 scholar Nott St Peter
Sarah Goodliffe daughter 12 scholar Nott St Peter
Frederic Goodliffe son 8 scholar Nott St Peter
Edwin D. Goodliffe son 3   Nott St Peter
Mary Culpin Goodliffe niece 20 shopwoman Northhampt.
William Goodliffe nephew 16 shopman Rutland, Barrowden
Ann Richards servant 39 domestic servant Notts Sy Mary

In the 1861 census, the family had moved to Lenton Rd, The Park and consisted of

Arnold Goodliffe Head 53 Provision Merchant
Ann Wife 53  
Ellen (Helen) Elizabeth daughter 25  
Sarah daughter 22  
Edwin Daniel son 13 scholar
Elizabeth Robinson servant 23  

By the 1871 census, still at Lenton Rd:

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Arnold Goodliffe Head 63 Provision Merchant
Ann Wife 63  
Ellen (Helen) daughter 34  
Sarah Hornbuckle servant 22  
Katie Eaton Grandaughter 2  

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.

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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: 11/04/2016