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.
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:
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's Family
Arnold and Ann had 7 children. There is more information about each of them by following the link with their name:
In the 1841 census, the family was living at Bridlesmith Gate:
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.
In the 1861 and 1871 census, the family had moved to Lenton Rd, The Park Nottingham:
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.
It is interesting to note that on the 1871 census, the next door neighbour was 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.
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.
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.
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.
Last updated: 09 August 2021