Yorkshire Chess History



John Read Dore











Made in Yorkshire



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04/11/1829, Wimborne Minster, Dorset


23/08/1896, Leeds General Infirmary


26/08/1896, Liversage


John Read Dore’s parents were John Dore and Mary Dore.  He was baptised 4th November 1829, at the Baptist chapel at Wimborne Minster (aka simply “Wimborne”), Dorset.  Subsequent references to his age seem rather erratic, which fact, in conjunction with peoples’ difficulties in correctly writing or reading “Wimborne”, makes searching digitally transcribed data only partially successful.


He eventually pops up in Nantwich, Cheshire.  Bagshaw’s History, Gazetteer & Directory of Cheshire, 1850, listed John “Done” as a shopkeeper at Beam Street, Nantwich, Cheshire; this looks rather like our man.  The 1851 census listed Wimborne-born John Read Dore, quoting the age 25, as a shop man in Nantwich.


White 1853 directory of the clothing district listed no “Dore” in Huddersfield.


By 1861 he had moved to Huddersfield.  The 1861 census found him lodging at 13 South Street, Huddersfield, in the household of the widowed Eliza Binns and her three children.  He was described as 28 years old, and an analytical chemist.


His marriage to Liversedge-born Margaret Maria Mitchell was registered.  They had at least one child, Margaret Mary Isabel Dore, born 27/10/1865, baptised 30/11/1865 at St John’s Huddersfield.


White’s Directory of Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield &c, 1866, listed John Read Dore under chemists and druggists, at 26 New Street, Huddersfield, and J. R. Dore, chemist at 26 New Street in the street section.


White's Directory of Leeds & the West Riding, 1870, listed John R. Dore at 26 New Street, Huddersfield.



The 1871 census listed Wimborne-born 40-year-old chemist John “Reid” Dore, Liversedge-born 30-year-old Margaret M. Dore, and Huddersfield-born 6-year-old Margaret M. I. Dore, living with two servants in Honoria Street, Huddersfield.


John Read Dore wrote Old Bibles: Or an Account of the Early Versions of the English Bible, published by B. M. Pickering, 1876; 104 pages.  This appears to be well-regarded as has been republished as a facsimile reprint, and is today advertised for sale on the internet.


Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire, 1881, listed John Read Dore as a pharmaceutical chemist at 26 New Street, residing at 31 Birkby Lodge Road, Birkby, Huddersfield.


The 1891 census listed 62-year-old Wimborne-born pharmaceutical chemist John R. Dore, 51-year-old Liversedge-born Margaret M. Dore, and 25-year-old Huddersfield-born Margaret M. I. Dore living at 31 Birkby Lodge Road, Fartown, Huddersfield.




John Read Dore died 23rd August 1896, at Leeds General Infirmary.  He was buried on 26th August 1896 at Liversedge.  Probate was granted on 14th September 1896, at Wakefield, to Margaret Maria Dore, his widow.  He left effects totalling £366 13s 4d.


After Death


Three months after his death, on 25/11/1896, at Cheetham, Lancashire, his daughter, Margaret Mary Isabel Dore, married Albert Maurice Lambert.




John Read Dore attended the 1864 annual meeting of the West Yorkshire Chess Association.


He played for Huddersfield in the 2-leg match against Wakefield in April 1864, winning 5 games to 1 overall, against George Richardson, but missed the follow-up match in November.





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