Yorkshire Chess History



John Thomas Fairbank











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1859, Farsley






Non-Chess Life


The parents on John Thomas Fairbank were Jonathan Fairbank (born 1804/05, Stanningley) and Sarah Fairbank (1816/17, Yeadon),who had at least the following four children, all born at Farsley, a mile or so north of Pudsey, between Bradford and Leeds:


Rebecca Fairbank

born 1851/52

Hannah Fairbank

born 1852/53

Sarah E Fairbank

born 1857/58

John Thomas Fairbank

born 1859/60


The birth of John Thomas Fairbank was registered in the fourth quarter of 1859, at Bradford.


The 1861 census found the family of two parents and four children living at 2 World’s End, Farsley, in the township of Calverley-cum-Farsley.  “World’s End” is not evident in modern maps of Farsley.  Father Jonathan was a woollen weaver.  Rebecca and Hannah were scholars.


White’s Directory of Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield &c, 1866, listed Jonathan Fairbank as a woollen manufacturer at Farsley.  There was also a Joseph Fairbank, woollen weaver.


The 1871 census found the family had moved to Paradise, Farley.  Paradise Street appears on modern maps of Farsley.  Father Jonathan was still a woollen weaver.  Rebecca and Hannah were warpers.  Sarah was a twister.  11-year-old John was a scholar.


At some time from 1871 to 1881 father Jonathan Fairbank died, and the widowed Sarah moved to Town Street, Farsley, and at some time went into business as a confectioner.


The 1881 census found widowed Sarah, daughter Sarah and son John living at Town Street, Farsley.  Mother Sarah was described as a retired confectioner.  Daughter Sarah was still a warper.  Son John was a model-maker in an engineer’s shop.


Mother Sarah may have died at some time from 1881 to 1891, as the 1891 census found John T. Fairbank and sister Sarah E. Fairbank living at 1 Paradise Square, Farsley.  John was a mechanical engineer.  Sarah was a dressmaker.


Entry 183 in the marriage register of Calverley parish church recorded the marriage there on 22/12/1900 of 41-year-old bachelor John Thomas Fairbank, pattern-maker of Farsley, son of cloth manufacturer Jonathan Fairbank (deceased), to 36-year-old spinster Sarah Ann Farrar, of Rodley, daughter of farmer Reuben Farrar.  Sarah Ann Farrar was born in 1864/65, at Rodley, about a mile NE of Farsley.


John and Sarah had at least two children, both born in Farsley:


Gertrude Sarah Fairbank

born 1901/02

Ida (or Eda) Hannah Fairbank

born 1903/04


The 1901 census found John and wife Sarah living at Paradise Square, Farsley.  John was a pattern-maker for an engineer.


At some time from 1903 to 1911, the family moved to Bramley in west Leeds.


The 1911 census found the family of four living at 19 Highfield Road, Bramley, Leeds.  John was still an engineer’s pattern-maker.




In a list of people whose obituaries had been published during the year, the Pudsey & Stanningley News of 23/12/1931 listed “John Thomas Fairbank, Rodley, for many years captain of Farsley Chess Club.”


The death of John Thomas Fairbank, aged 71, appears to have been that registered in the third quarter of 1931, at Skipton.




J. T. Fairbank of Farsley played in the 1895 West Yorkshire Chess Association v Sussex correspondence match, the 1898 Lancashire v Yorkshire match, the 1899 Yorkshire v Lancashire match, the 1900 Lancashire v Yorkshire match, .


In 1901-02, at least, he played for Bradford in the Woodhouse Club.


From his obituary mentioned above it is evident he was for some time captain of Farsley Chess Club.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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