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Our ARNOLD ancestors were established in the southern part of the county of Bedfordshire for at least 300 years and probably a good deal longer. The cluster of villages and hamlets in that part of England are located close to the border with the county of Hertfordshire where some with the Arnold name can also be traced.

Until the industrial revolution, Bedfordshire was primarily an agricultural county and there is still a significant emphasis on farming today. It follows that the ARNOLD ancestors were linked to the rural life for centuries. They were working folk and definitely not wealthy.

Welcome To Our Arnold Family

Hat Trimmer or Finisher

Trimming a hat meant putting on ribbon, feathers and other decorations depending upon the model. All the items were sewn on by hand and each hat finished was expected to exactly replicate the original. Women were paid on a piece basis and if the finished article was not up to standard would have money deducted from their pay packet. Annie Arnold and daughter Josephine were skilled hat trimmers.


Charles Arnold was employed as a groom at the local Manor House. He would have been on call at all times. His jobs included mucking out stables, feeding horses, exercising the animals and regularly washing and combing the coats of the horses.

Railway Porter

A mid range working class job, greeting passengers as they boarded and alighted from trains; carrying luggage and offering directions. Not well paid but tips would have added to income.

Charles Arnold spent as few years as a porter.

Charles Arnold

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