The Goodliffe Family of Lambley Lodge, Belton-in-Rutland

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 and of his business as a provision merchant as his son Thomas convinced Arnold to write down his recollections of family, business and other information in 1888 just before Arnold died. By some chance, this story has been preserved and both the original and an early typescript copy are available. In addition, Arnold's grandson - Frederick Goodliffe - who had taken over the business wrote a short history of the busness for it's centenary in 1927.

A copy of Arnold's history, entitled "The Story of My Life" is provided here.

A copy of the Centenary of the Goodliffe Provision Business is provided here.

Arnold's family tree

The early part of Arnold's family tree is here. Arnold was the 11th of the 12 children of Thomas GOODLIFFE and Mary ARNOLD who were graziers residing at Lambley Lodge. Arnold married Ann SPEED in 1830 in Nottingham and they had 8 children, 28 grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren, 89 great-great-grandchildren and 142 great-great-great-grandchildren. That number will not fit on this tree so follow the links for each family.

                         |
                   Lion GOODLIFFE
                         |
                        ...
                         |                                   |
                  Thomas GOODLIFFE===========v===========Ann CURTIS
                     1722-1810              1754         1726-1792
                                             |
                                             |
                                           Thomas
                                         1756-1829 
                                             | 
                                           m:1791
                                         Mary ARNOLD
                                             |
                                             |
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 Elizabeth    Mary     Thomas     Anna      John    William    James     William     Mary    Daniel    Arnold     Sarah
 1792-1830 1793-1793 1794-1816 1796-1886 1798-1864 1799-1799 1800-1868  1801-1854 1803-1825 1805-1890 1807-1888 1809-1885
     |         |         |         |         |         |         |          |         |         |         |          |
   m:1812                        m:1823    m:1832              m:1823     m:1823              m:1830    m:1830     m:1844
   Samuel                         John    Elizabeth          Elizabeth    Bridget              Mary      Ann       James
  RICHMOND                       CULPIN    STOKES             ANDREWS  NEWBOLD/MAJOR          ATKIN     SPEED     ANDREWS
     |                             |         |                   |          |                   |         |          |
                                                                                                          |
      |------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|------------|----------------|--------------|
Thomas William  Mary Ann  Ellen Elizabeth  Pickering       Sarah   Frederick Arnold  Harriet Eliza   Edwin Daniel 
  1831-1889    1833-1892     1835-1872     1836-1892     1839-1909    1842-1909        1844-1847      1848-1909
      |            |             |             |             |            |                |              | 
    m:1853       m:1860                      m:1865        m:1867       m:1867                          m:1870
     Ann        William                     Margaret       William    Elizabeth                       Elizabeth
   STAFFORD      EATON                       MURPHY        FROGGATT     SWAIN                           CLARKE
  1831-1909     1837-?                     1842-1926     1837-1881    1841-1905                       1849-1900
      |           |                            |             |            |                               |
 9 children  8 children                   Arnold Daniel 6 children  Frederick Arnold                 3 children
                                           1874-1941                  1868-1944
                                               |                          |
                                             m:1903                     m:1896
                                             Sarah                       May
                                              MANN                      BURRELL
                                           1876-1955                   1879-1933
                                               |                          |
                                          4 children                 5 children

Arnold grew up on the family farm of Lambley Lodge, Belton in Rutland, apart from a short time as a boarder at school. He did not like the school and as he later wrote, leared bad habits there so returned to the farm and set about liking farming. In May 1823 the family received a letter from his older brother William asking if one of the family could come to Nottingham for a fortnight to be of assistance in his shop. To his dismay Arnold was chosen to go, 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 Arnold 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 in later years

Annie GOODLIFFE in later years

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 Birth/Baptism date Spouse Marr. Date Died
Thomas B. 16 Oct 1831, Nottingham
bap. 7 Feb 1837 Stoney St Baptist
Ann STAFFORD 1853 3 June 1889
Mary Ann B. 18 May 1833 Nottingham
bap. 7 Feb 1837 Stoney St Baptist
William EATON 1860, Nottingham 1892, Nottingham
Helen (Ellen) Elizabeth B. 24 May 1835, Nottingham
bap 7 Feb 1837 Stoney St Baptist
- - 3 October 1872 Basford
Pickering B. 30 April 1836
bap. 7 Feb 1837 Stoney St Baptist
Margaret MURPHY 29 June 1865, St Francis Xavier, West Derby 6 March 1892 Liverpool
Sarah B. 2 March 1839, Nottingham William FROGGATTt 11 April 1867, Nottingham 19 June 1909, Darlington, Co Durham
Frederick Arnold B. 30 July 1842 Elizabeth SWAIN 11 April 1867 18 May 1909 Leicester
Harriett Eliza B. 9 October 1844 Nottingham --- -- 1847 Nottingham
Edwin Daniel B. 11 March 1848, Nottingham Elizabeth CLARKE 22 November 1870, Nottingham 1 April 1909, Nottingham

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


1841 census for Arnold Goodliffe and family

In 1851 they were still at Bridlesmith Gate. Their family had grown to 6 children. Their daughter Harriett Eliza had been born in 1844 but died in 1847 before the next census.



1851 census

In the 1861 and 1871 census, the family had moved to Lenton Rd, The Park Nottingham:


1861 census


1871 census
The Goodliffe House at Lenton Rd, The Park, Nottingham

Arnold had the house designed by Hine & Evans, Architects and built by James Hall of Nottingham in 1859-1860. The house cost £1270/17/3 to build, equivalent to about £160,000 in 2020. Arnold paid the final account from the builder on 3 November 1860.


The final invoice for building Arnold's house in Lenton Rd. Click on image for full version.

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.

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

Arnold writes fondly about his home in Lenton Rd. He mentions the garden was his wife's favourite place. His family grew up there although the older two (Thomas and Mary Ann had married before the house was completed. His daughters Ellen and Harriet died there. His other daughter, Sarah married the boy across the road at 8 Holles Cresent (my great-grandfather William FROGGATT). By 1870 Arnold had retired from business and all of the children had married and left home.

In his memoirs, Arnold tells of some of the voyages they undertook around Britain and overseas. He travelled extensively with Mr Thomas Cook who had set up one of the first travel agencies. Arnold and Ann visited Wales, Scotland and the Continent: they were one of the early tourists. But he also went to the seaside for a week in 1887 with his family, as this newspaper report shows of his visit to Bridlington with son Thomas.


Bridlington & Quay Gazette 17 September 1887.

By 1881 Arnold and Ann had sold the house in Lenton Rd and moved to a smaller property at 5 Waverley Villas, Clarendon St. Today this small street has become part of Nottingham High School, the villas being demolished post-1938 to make way for the expansion of the school.



Waverley Villas was a small street running off Clarendon Rd and bordered to the east by the High School and to the north by Forest Rd. Immediately south of the High School was Arboretum St and the Arboretum itself.

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


Nottingham Evening Post, 19 May 1888

Annie remained at 5 Clarendon Rd/5 Waverley Villas. In the 1891 census she is at that address with a servant (Elizabeth Palin (28)), Whites 1894 Directory of Nottingham lists Ann 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 August 2021