Yorkshire Chess History
Lionel Henry Browne
Lionel Henry Browne’s parents were Congregational minster James Browne and his wife Rosa Miranda Browne, (née Pelham). The couple got married about 1855 or before, and had at least the following six children:
The family appears to have lived in Ulverston for a while, then at some time from 1855 to 1860 moved to Bamford in the Heap district of Rochdale, Lancashire.
The birth of Lionel Henry Browne was registered in the fourth quarter of 1865, at Bury, Lancs. His place of birth is variously described as “Bamford Heap”, merely “Bamford”, or Rochdale. Modern Bamford is at the SW corner of Rochdale. The term “Bamford Heap”, which was used in the 1881 and 1891 censuses, appears to refer to that part of Bamford, the greater part in fact, which formed a part of the township of Heap, which was mainly in Bury.
At some time from 1866 to 1871 Rosa Miranda Browne died.
The 1871 census found 45-year-old widower James Browne living with his younger four children, his sister-in-law Octavia L. Pelham, and an Ulverston-born servant, at 13 Victoria Road, Barnsley. James was congregational minister of Regent Street Chapel, Barnsley.
At some time from 1870 to 1873 James Browne seems to have married his sister-in-law, Octavia L. Pelham. At least a further two children resulted from this union:
Byles’s Post Office Bradford Directory, 1879-80, listed the Rev. James Browne, BA, dissenting minister, at 29 Springfield Place, Bradford.
The 1881 census found the family had moved to Bradford. James Browne, his sister-in-law-turned-wife Octavia and all eight children, living at 29 Springfield Place, Bradford. James was still a Congregational minister, though the census didn’t specify where. Sons James, Walter, Oliver and Lionel were all stuff merchant’s clerks. Sons Anthony, Paul and Harold were scholars.
Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire, 1881, listed Rev. James Browne, BA, Congregational minister, at 29 Springfield Place, Manningham, Bradford. It further listed him as secretary of Airedale Congregational College, the new premises of which had opened at Emm Lane, Heaton, Bradford, in 20/06/1877. This rather suggests the Browne family may have moved to Bradford in 1877.
Byles’s Post Office Bradford Directory, 1883, listed Rev. James Browne, BA, on page 188, as still resident at 29 Springfield Place, Manningham, Bradford, but also included him on page 31 in a list of “Congregational Ministers resident in the district without charge”, inexplicably giving his address as Park View Terrace, Manningham, Bradford.
White's Directory of Bradford, Halifax &c, 1887, listed Rev. James Browne, BA (Congregational) at 29 Springfield Place, Bradford
The 1891 census found the family still at 29 Springfield Place, Bradford.
Byles’s Post Office Bradford Directory, 1891, listed Rev. James Browne, BA, Congregational minister, at 29 Springfield Place, Bradford.
The marriage of Lionel Henry Browne to Ethel Thompson was registered in the first quarter of 1893, at Bradford. The couple had at least two children, both born on Bradford:
Byles’s Post Office Bradford Directory, 1898, Lionel H. Browne, salesman, at 12 Grosvenor Road, Bradford, as well as Rev. James Browne, BA, Congregational minister, at 29 Springfield Place, Bradford. It also listed James Browne as secretary of the Yorkshire United Independent College, formed in 1888 by the merger of Rotherham College with Airedale College, and occupying the latter’s premises at Emm Lane.
The 1901 census found the family of four, with one servant, living at 12 Grosvenor Road, Bradford. Lionel was described as a stuffs manager.
Kelly’s Bradford Directory, 1901, listed L. H. Browne at 12 Grosvenor Road, Bradford.
The 1911 census found the family of four, now without a servant, living at 1 Beechwood Grove, Shipley. Lionel was now a stuffs saleman. This Shipley address remained Lionel’s residence to his death.
Byles’s Post Office Bradford Directory, 1912, listed Lionel H. Browne, stuff salesman, at 1 Beechwood Grove, Shipley. It also listed James Pelham Browne (Lionel’s eldest brother), stuff manufacturer, with business address at 25 Cheapside, Bradford, and residence at 4 Apsley Crescent, Bradford.
Kelly’s Bradford Directory, 1917, Lionel H. Browne, salesman, at 1 Beechwood Grove, Shipley.
Lionel Henry Browne, of 1 Beechwood Grove, Shipley, died on 08/03/1958, aged 92. Probate was granted to Lionel Geoffrey Browne, retired insurance clerk. He left effects of £2,324 5s 7d.
He attended the annual meeting of the West Yorkshire Chess Association in 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888 and 1889.
He attended the first meeting of the Yorkshire County Chess Club, in 1886.
He played in the 1887 Yorkshire-Lancashire match.
He played in, and won, the Second-Class Players’ Tournament (Yorkshire) at the 1888 British Chess Association’s congress at Bradford.
He played in the 1888 West Yorkshire v Tyneside & Tees-Side match.
He played in the 1889 Lancashire-Yorkshire match.
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