Emma Jane Gooding was born on 15th January 1871. She was the younger daughter of George and Ann Gooding who already had a daughter, Minnie, born in 1865. At the time of Emma's birth George was employed as a joiner and was in the process of establishing his refreshment rooms business.
They lived at 28, Market Street in Bacup, a small cotton mills town on the Lancashire / Yorkshire borders between Burnley and Rochdale.
When she was old enough, Emma Jane was employed as a waitress in her father's refreshment house at 28, Market Street, Bacup. It had become known as Goodings Dining Rooms and also provided bed and breakfast. Apparently Goodings Dining Rooms became the Commercial Hotel, a beer house and dining rooms.
Emma Jane was my great grandmother and I am delighted to have this photograph of four generations of the family in my possession. The toddler is me and I'm guessing the photo was taken in about 1952. My mum would have been about twenty five years old; granddad in his late forties and great grandmother Emma Jane Gooding would have been just over eighty. She died a few years later and I can't say I have any memory of meeting her but I love having the evidence that I did.
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