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. 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.
In 1891 Emma Jane married John Thomas Ashworth at the parish church of St. John's in Bacup. (Photograph: © Copyright Alexander P Kapp and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.)
John Thomas was a butcher who at the time of his wedding lived with his parents at Thorn Farm.
Emma Jane and John Thomas had six children: Richard Henry born in 1894; Arthur (1896); Frank (1899); Tom (1901); Fred (1903) and Horace (1905).
By the end of the 1890s they'd moved to Burnley in Lancashire where John Thomas was employed as a Butcher's Manager and they lived at Number 2, Woodbine Street.
By the time their son Horace was born in 1905 they'd re-located to Nelson in Lancashire living at 27, Scotland Road.
In 1911 they were living at Number 12, Altofts Road, Normanton, near Wakefield in Yorkshire. John Thomas was still employed as a Butcher's Manager working for The River Plate Meat Company. Emma Jane didn't go out to work after she was married; six sons and running the household was a full-time job.
I love the way they named their boys with such down-to-earth names as Tom and Fred and then finished off with Horace, surely not named after the renowned Roman poet.
Horace was my grandfather and I am delighted to have this photograph of four generations of the family in my possession. I am the toddler and I'm guessing the photo was taken in about 1952. My mum would have been about twenty five; 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 her at all but I love having the evidence that I met her.
You can imagine how thrilled I was when I found the reference to Goodings Dining Rooms mentioned earlier on a fantastic website about the history of the town of Bacup in Lancashire. I've added more information about it to my Useful Sites page and highly recommend it even if you don't have ancestors who originate from there. The site has a forum which I've joined and I hope there might be more information available about Goodings Dining Rooms. I'll let you know!