Copies of photographs of members of the Moody and Whitworth families of Laxton, Nottinghamshire, taken c.1893-1925; 2009

Scope and Content

The collection contains:

A CD containing scanned copies of three photographs from albums belonging to Gertrude Tunnicliffe, and one modern photograph (MS 838/1):

Copy of a sepia postcard photograph, taken c.1915-1920, of the farmhouse occupied by Mr G. Moody (farmer), built by his eldest son Frederick William Moody in 1887 [modern-day Bottom Farm, Laxton], with Mary Ellen Whitworth and her daughters Ethel and Nellie standing in front of the house;

Colour digital photograph of modern-day Bottom Farm in Laxton, taken by Joy Allison of Laxton in 2009, and sent to the donor of the CD;

Copy of a sepia photograph taken c.1893-1894 in front of Bottom Farm, labelled 'Nellie & Family', showing a family group comprising Eliza Moody, her daughter Mary Ellen Whitworth and son-in-law Samuel Whitworth, and grandchildren Ethel, Charles, Sam, Cyril and Helena Whitworth;

Copy of a sepia photograph taken in August 1925, showing five young people and a dog in one of Laxton's fields; one of the young men is standing on top of a horse-drawn cart laden with straw; the people have been identifed as Olive Tunnicliffe, George, Herbert and Barbara Whitworth, and possibly Bertha Whitworth.

The collection also contains four pages of typed and printed background information providing captions and explanatory notes for each of the photographs, and biographical and genealogical notes on the Moody family of Laxton, descended from Benjamin Moody, born 1750, and the Whitworth family of Laxton, descended from Thomas Whitworth, born 1835 (MS 838/2).

Administrative / Biographical History

George Moody (1826-1893) was born and died in Laxton, Nottinghamshire. He worked as a mole catcher and agricultural labourer, but in his latter years was a farmer. He married Eliza Wood in 1850 and had eight children. Their youngest child was Emma Moody (born 1871), who married Albert Tunnicliffe in 1894 and moved away from Nottinghamshire. Emma and Albert Tunnicliffe had six children including Gertrude, the eldest, and Olive, the youngest.

George and Eliza Moody's sixth child Mary Ellen (born 1865) married Samuel Whitworth of Laxton in 1885. Samuel was a tailor in 1881, a groom in 1891, and a farmer in 1901. He left Laxton in around 1908. Samuel and Mary Ellen had 14 children.


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Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The photographs were found in a photograph album belonging to Gertrude Tunnicliffe. Her nephew scanned the photographs, wrote the background information, and gave the CD to Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham, in 2009.