Yorkshire Chess History



William Cole Ferrand











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1839, Bowling, Bradford



08/02/1912, Gilstead, nr. Bingley



Non-Chess Life


William Cole Ferrand’s parents were Benjamin Ferrand (born 1817/18, Bradford) and Ellen Ferrand (born 1820/21, Bowling, Bradford).  Bowling is a part of Bradford about a mile SE of the city centre, along the Wakefield Road.  They had at least the following two children:


William Cole Ferrand

born 1839, Bradford

Martha Anne Ferrand

born 1842/43


The 1841 census found Benjamin, Ellen and William living with one servant at Bowling, without any more detailed address.  Benjamin was a woolstapler.


The 1851 census found the family, which now included Ellen, and one servant living at 19 Savery Place, in the Horton area of Bradford.  This address doesn’t seem to appear on modern maps.


The death of the father, Benjamin Ferrand, was registered in the third quarter of 1856, at Bradford.


The 1861 census found the widowed mother Ellen living with her two children, her 34-year-old sister, Eliza Kirk, and one servant at 16 Apsley Crescent, in the Manningham area of Bradford.


The marriage of William Cole Ferrand to Martha Griffiths (born 1838/39, Newport, Shropshire) was registered in the second quarter of 1863.  The couple had at least the following two children:


Ellen Ferrand

born 1864/65, Bradford

Kate Eveline Ferrand

born 1871/72, Bradford


The 1871 census found the parents with Ellen and a servant living at 40 Skinner Lane, Manningham, Bradford.  William was a woolstapler, like his father.


William’s wife Martha may have died in, or as a result of, childbirth, as her death, aged 33, was recorded in the second quarter of 1872, at Bradford.


The 1881 census found widowed woolstapler William and younger daughter Kate with a servant at Daisy Bank, Little Beck Road, Gilstead, near Bingley.  “Daisy Bank” appears to be the name of a house, and was perhaps somewhere near the modern Littlebeck Drive, Gilstead.  This remained William Cole Ferrand’s residence for the rest of his life.  In 1911 he himself gave his addres as Daisy Bank, Gilstead Road, Bingley.  “Gilstead Road” probably referred to Gilstead Lane which runs to the Littlebeck Drive area.


Almost eleven years after Martha’s death, William got married again, to Anne Clapham (born 1843/44, Burley-in-Wharfedale).  The marriage was registered in the first quarter of 1883, at Hampstead, London.  This couple had at least one child:


Vincent William Ferrand

born 1883/84, Bingley


The 1891 census found William, Anne and son Vincent living with one servant at Daisy Bank.


The 1901 census found William (married not widowed) and Vincent with two servants at Daisy Bank.  Wife Anne was away at the time of the census.  Vincent was an apprentice in the wool trade (presumably to his father).


At some time from 1901 to 1911 Vincent got married to Louisa (born 1883/84, York).


The 1911 census found William, Anne, Vincent and his wife Louisa, and one servant, living at Daisy Bank.  William was now a “retied top maker”, whatever that might mean.  Vincent had given up the wool trade and was a motor agent’s repairer, presumably a car mechanic.  Louisa was assisting in the motor business.




William Cole Ferrand of Daisy Bank, Gilstead, died 08/12/1912, aged 89.  Probate was granted to Anne Ferrand, widow.  His effects totalled £3,462 10s 2d




“Ferrand” or “W. C. Ferrand” appears playing for Bradford in matches around 1864 and 1865, .


He was listed as an onlooker at the West Riding v North Riding match played at Leeds on 13/12/1867.


He attended the West Yorkshire Chess Association meetings of 1866, 1871, and 1877.


By the early 1880s, if not before, he disappeared from competitive chess, and appears never to have played in the Woodhouse Cup.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

Census information is copyright of The National Archive, see UK Census Information

Last Updated