Yorkshire Chess History



Charles George Clarke











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1847, Hull


16/03/1848, All Saints, Sculcoates,  Hull


02/02/1893, Hull




Non-Chess Life


Charles George Clarke was a son of Charles Samuel Clarke (born 1819/20; son of John Clarke; baptised 07/11/1821, Holy Trinity, Hull) and Esther Amelia Clarke (née Acrid, 1821/22, Hull; daughter of Robert Acrid), who had married on 29/07/1843 at Hull, and had at least the following three children:


Mary Elizabeth Clarke

born 1844, Hull

Charles George Clarke

born 1847, Hull

Alice Amelia Clarke

born 1848, Hull


The 1851 Hull directory listed father Charles Samuel Clarke, as a house & estate agent, and agent to the British Guarantee Association, with business premises at 139 High Street, and home at 7 Bell Vue [correct spelling] Terrace.


The 1851 census recorded the family of two parents, three children, and the wife’s sisters, Emma Acrid and Sarah A. Acrid, living at 7 Bell Vue Terrace, Hull.  The father was a house and insurance agent.


The 1861 census found the household of two parents, three children and a servant living in Owthorne, which is the northern end of Withernsea.  The address appears to have been on “Ivy How” (a house of road?) or between there and Queen Street.  At the time they had a visitor, “gentlewoman” Amelia Fox.  Father was an estate agent.  Mary and Charles were scholars.


In 1866, in Hull, sister Mary Elizabeth Clarke married Michael Charles Peck.


Father Charles Samuel Clarke died on 15/01/1871.  His wife and son were joint beneficiaries of his will.  The death seems to have precipitated a removal of his widow and son to the home of Esther Amelia Clarke’s married younger sister, Emma Walker and husband John Henry Walker who was a timber merchant.


Accordingly, the 1871 census found mother Esther Amelia Clarke, an annuitant, and Charles George Clarke living in the Walker household in the High Street, Barrow upon Humber, Lincolnshire.  Mother was an annuitant, and Charles George Clarke was now an estate agent, presumably as new owner of his late father’s business.  However, our man and his mother returned to Hull in due course.


On 04/02/1880, he was initiated into the Freemasons, at the Kingston Lodge, Hull, though it appears he may have ceased involvement after four years, if the apparent cessation of annual payments can be so interpreted.


The 1881 census found Charles George Clarke, his mother, sister Alice Amelia Clarke, 63-year-old Hull-born aunt Mary Ann Acrid, and a servant, living at 84 Wright Street, Hull.  Curiously, our man was now described as a civil engineer, though he evidently retained involvement in his father’s estate agent’s business.


White’s 1883 directory of Hull recorded Charles G. Clarke (civil engineer), with home at 84 Wright Street, Hull, being involved both in the businesses of Charles S. Clarke & Son, house and estate agents, and surveyors and agents to the Liverpool and London and Globe (Fire & Life), 139 High Street, Hull, and in the business of Clarke & Moore, civil engineers, Exchange Buildings, Lowgate, Hull.


Our man’s health evidently took a turn for the worse, as the 1891 census found Charles George Clarke as a patient in the Hull Borough Lunatic Asylum at Willerby, near (now part of) Hull.


The 1899 directory of Hull listed the business of Charles S. Clarke & Son, estate agents, at 139 High Street, Hull, but gives no mention of Charles George Clarke himself, confirming he was by then dead.




The death of Charles George Clarke was registered in the Hull district in the first quarter of 1893, but his age in the death index was given as 39, not 46.  (There may have been a “conflation” of two people of the same name, one in Hull, one in Doncaster.)  Nevertheless, this is clearly our man as a probate record for Charles George Clarke, showing married sister Mary Elizabeth Peck and her husband Michael Charles Peck as beneficiaries, bears the date 02/02/1893, which appears to be the date of death, but could be the probate date.




Charles George Clarke was presumably the “Clarke” who played in Edmund Thorold’s 1880 simultaneous display in Hull.


“C. G. Clarke” of Hull played in the 1883 Yorkshire v Lancashire match, and the 1883 Hull Church Institute v Manchester Athenaeum match


He was 1883-84 President of Hull Church Institute, and possibly before and/or after that.


He is unlikely to be the “Chas. Clarke” in playing in the September 1882 simultaneous display by Blackburne in Leeds.






Copyright © 2019 Stephen John Mann

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