Yorkshire Chess History
Flint Family of York
In the seasons prior to 1904-05, when York withdrew from the Woodhouse Cup, a number of players with the surname Flint played in the Woodhouse Cup for York. Names appearing in York team lists included “F. Flint”, “G. F. Flint”, “L. Flint”, “L. R. Flint”, “S. Flint” and “W. Flint”. It seems these names represent only four people, as “G. F.” and “F.” never appear in the same match and so can be assumed to be the same person, and similarly “L. R.” and “L” never appear in the same match and can be assumed the same. We are thus left with “G. F.”, “L. R.”, “S” and “W”, who one imagines were probably related. The 1881 and 1891 census listed all these, albeit at different times, within the same York family Flint. The assumption here is that these Flints are mainly members of this set of parents and children.
There was subsequently a “G. Flint” started playing for York in the Woodhouse Cup in 1936-37. One might guess this was perhaps a grandson of Leonard Robinson Flint. There was a “W. Flint” who played for Leeds in the Woodhouse Cup in the 1930s and was still active in the mid-1940s.
Non-Chess Life - Leonard Robinson Flint
“L. R. Flint” was Leonard Robinson Flint, born 1846 at Market Weighton to farmer George Flint (born 1800/01, Market Weighton, roughly midway between York and Hull) and his wife Ann (born 1814/15, Cowthorp, about 3 miles NNE of Wetherby). This couple had at least the following six children, all born at Market Weighton:
In 1851 the Flints, parents and six children, lived at Southgate, Market Weighton. Father George farmed 125 acres; the eldest four children were scholars.
The 1861 census found siblings George, Ann (junior), Leonard and Mary living together at 73 Ellerby Lane Leeds. George was a druggist, Leonard was a clerk, Mary was a scholar, and Ann kept house.
The marriage of Leonard Robinson Flint to Mary Jane Gill (born 1850/51, Killinghall, about 3 miles NNW of Harrogate) was registered in the third quarter of 1869 at Easingwold. The couple had at least the following seven children, all born in York:
The 1871 census found Leonard, a commercial traveller in the timber trade, and Mary, with 11-month-old George Frederick Flint, living at 39 Nunthorpe Road, York.
The 1881 census found Leonard had become a builders’ merchant at 18 Tanner Row, York. All children except Samuel were listed with their parents, as here a bookkeeper and general domestic servant.
The 1891 census found Leonard had become a commercial traveller (seemingly for a timber firm) living at 29 Claremont Terrace, York, off the north end off Gillygate. George had left home. The other older boys were stil at home but had started working: Leonard junior was a draper’s assistant, William a merchant’s clerk, Samuel a banker’s clerk, Walter a grocer’s clerk. Percival was a scholar.
The 1901 census found Leonard, a timber-trade traveller, and Mary living at 25 (no longer 29) Claremont Terrace. Leonard junior, William and Walter had now both left home. Samuel was still a banker’s clerk. Percival had become a corn merchant’s clerk. Mary’s father, 79-year-old Peter Gill was now living with them.
By 1911, 64-year-old Leonard senior and 60-year-old wife Mary had moved in with eldest son George Frederick Flint.
Wife Mary Jane Flint died aged 63, the death being registered in the first quarter of 1914.
He ended his days at 15 Emerald Street, York.
Non-Chess Life – George Frederick Flint
The 1891 census found George Frederick Flint working as an insurance clerk and living on his own at 8 High Petergate, York.
His marriage to Sarah Pitts was registered in the second quarter of 1898, at Bramley, Leeds.
By 1901 he had moved to 17 North Parade, York.
By 1911, George Frederick Flint’s parents and younger sister Leonora had moved in with him and his wife.
He appears to have resided for the rest of his life in York.
Non-Chess Life – Samuel Flint
In the 1881 census Samuel was not living with his parents and siblings, but was as scholar seemingly living with (rather than visiting) his paternal grandparents, at Whitley “Bge”(?) [Whitley Bridge?], Kellington, four or five miles east of Pontefract. In 1891 and 1901 he was back with his parents, being employed as a banker’s clerk.
He married Blanche, seemingly in 1901. By 1911 the couple had had three children, Dorothy Flint (born 1901/02, Beverley), Cicely Mary Flint (1902/03, Strensall) and Jeoffrey Robinson Flint (born, Strensall).
At the end of his life he resided at Littlegarth, Holly Park, Huby, about 4 miles SW of Harrogate (not the Huby north of York).
Non-Chess Life – Walter Flint
He was living with his parents in 1891, by which time he had become a grocer’s clerk.
Around 1899 he married Annie. The couple had at least one child (probably more), Reginald Percy Flint (born 1900/01, York). The 1901 census found the three living at 15 Richardson Street, York.
Leonard Robinson Flint of 15 Emerald Street, York, died 28/12/1916. Probate was granted to Leonora Flint, spinster, his youngest daughter. He left effects totalling £56 4s 7d.
Samuel Flint died on 08/06/1939, presumably at his home, Littlegarth, Holly Park, Huby. The death was registered at Wetherby. Probate was granted to his widow, Blanche Flint. His effects totalled £6,657 18. 7d.
George Frederick Flint of 9 Museum Street, York, died on 12/05/1942 at Ivy Dene Nursing home, York. Administration was granted to Wilfred Basil Flint (a son?). He left £203 2s 2d.
The date of the death of Walter Flint is more difficult to ascertain.
L. R. Flint, (G.) F. Flint and S. Flint played regularly for York in the Woodhouse Cup in the period 1901-02 and 1902-03, after which York withdrew from the Woodhouse Cup.
Among the results to hand, W. Flint played for York in the Woodhouse Cup in 1901-02 once, on board 10 away to Sheffield. He also played for York in 1902-03 once, on board 9 away to Hull. This makes him look like a lower-board filler when other players were reluctant to travel to distant away matches.
L. R. Flint, G. R. Flint and S. Flint played on boards 9, 14 and 20 respectively of the North & East Riding team which played a match against the West Riding on 28/11/1903.
L. R. Flint and (G.) F. Flint started playing in the Woodhouse Cup for Hull in 1906-07, although they seemingly still lived in York. S. Flint and W. Flint didn’t play for Hull in the Woodhouse Cup in 1907-08, probably as much as anything because they simply wouldn’t be strong enough to get into the team.
There was subsequently a “G. Flint” started playing for York in the Woodhouse Cup in 1936-37. One might guess this was perhaps a grandson of Leonard Robinson Flint. There was a “W. Flint” who played for Leeds in the Woodhouse Cup in the 1930s and was still active in the mid-1940s, and may conceivably have been the above Walter Flint, formerly of York.
Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann
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