Yorkshire Chess History



George Wright Farrow











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



c. 1829, Scarborough



08/01/1901, Sutton, Hull



Non-Chess Life


The age of George Wright Farrow as reported in census returns was somewhat erratic, possibly because he was about ten years older than his wife.  Censuses but his year of birth in the period 1828 to 1931, with April 1829 as the best guess at a more precise date of birth.


His place of birth was always given in census return as Scarborough, Yorkshire, except in 1861, when it was inexplicably given as North Thoresby, Lincolnshire.


He is elusive in the 1841 and 1851 censuses, so that his parentage is unclear.


Frances White’s General Directory of Kingston-upon-Hull, and York, 1851, listed three people in Hull called Farrow, but none called George.  One of the three mentioned could of course have been his father.


It was presumably pursuit of a teaching job which took George from Scarborough to Hull, but when that was in unclear.


The marriage of George Wright Farrow to Elizabeth Ann Sollitt was registered in the second quarter of 1861 at Sculcoates, Hull.  Since they are listed together in the 1861 census, it follows they were married in late March 1861, or in the first seven days of April 1861.  Elizabeth had been born in 1840, in Hull.  there appear to have been no surviving children from the marriage.


The 1861 census listed newly-weds George and Elizabeth living at 6 Richmond Terrace, West Sculcoates, Hull.  George was by occupation a National School master.


The 1871 census listed the couple living at Durham Street, Southcoates, Hull.  George was described as a certificated schoolmaster.


An article in the Chess Player’s Chronicle of 1877, pp. 186-187, gave the address of both G. W. Farrow and R. H. Philip as G. W. Farrow, 28 Prospect Street, Kingston Square, Hull, for reasons which are unclear.


The 1881 census listed the couple living at 33 Pemberton Street, Sutton, Hull.  George was described as a National School master.


White’s General and Commercial Directory of Hull &c., 1882, listed George W. Farrow, National schoolmaster, at 2 Pemberton Street, Hull.  (It listed Frederick Stringer, clerk, at 33 Pemberton Street.)  There were also listed a butcher and a brush-maker each called simply George Farrow.


The death of Elizabeth Ann Fallow, at the age of 43, was registered at Sculcoates in the first quarter of 1884.


The 1891 census found 62-year-old widowed Scarborough-born schoolmaster “George R. Farrow” boarding or lodging with Miss Ann E. [=Eliza] Taylor at 7 John Street, Hull.  The misspelling of his name will have been furnished by his landlady or perpetrated by the census enumerator.  It looks somewhat as though George may have been temporarily between residences, before moving to Filey.


Bulmer’s History & Directory of East Yorkshire, 1892, listed a Mr. George W. Farrow resident at 2 Undercliffe, Filey (then at the NE extremity of the East Riding, now in North Yorkshire).  The was no George Farrow listed in Hull, apart from the above-mentioned brush-maker, so maybe our man had removed to Filey.  Kelly's Directory of N & E Ridings of Yorkshire, 1893, and Kelly's Directory of Hull, 1899, seemingly didn’t list George W. Farrow in either Filey or Hull.


If the George W. Farrow listed in Filey in 1892 was our man, then he appears to have moved back to Hull by 1901.




George Wright Farrow of Sutton, [Hull,] Yorkshire, died 08/01/1901, aged 72.  The death was registered in the first quarter of 1901 at Sculcoates.  Probate was granted to Edward John Heseltine of “the wardens of the guild or brotherhood of masters and pilots seamen”.  He left effects of £164 5s 6d.




An article in the Chess Player’s Chronicle of 1877, pp. 186-187, listed him as one of 28 players in a team representing Britain in a correspondence match with America.


He was one of the three players to win his game at Edmund Thorold’s 1880 simultaneous display in Hull.  He was a member of Hull Church Institute Chess Club at the time.  He also won his game at a similar simultaneous display given by Thorold in Hull in 1883.


He played for Yorkshire in the 1883 Yorkshire-Lancashire match and in the 1884 Lancashire-Yorkshire match.


At Edmund Thorold’s 1888 simultaneous display in Hull George lost his game.





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