Yorkshire Chess History



Thomas Lumb Hameyer











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1855, Saddleworth




07/11/1918, Menston




Variation in the Name


Sometimes the surname of members of this family got recorded as “Hamyer”.  The rendering “Hameyer” is overwhelmingly commoner, by the other spelling perhaps indicates the pronunciation “hammier”.


Non-Chess Life


Thomas Lumb Hameyer was a son of Frederick Hamayer (born 1820/21, ) by his second wife Amelia Hameyer.


Frederick Hameyer’s married his first wife, Jane Healis/Heelis Chambers (), in 1840, in Bradford.  This couple went on to have at least the following four children, all born in Bradford:


Louisa Lumb Hameyer

born 1840

Jane Agnes Hameyer

born 1842

George Frederick Hameyer

born 1845

Caroline Emily Chambers Hameyer

born 1847


In 1847, George Frederick Hameyer died, in Bradford, a few months before the birth of his sister Caroline.


At some time from 1847 to 1854, the Hameyers evidently moved to Saddleworth


In 1854, Jane Healis/Heelis Hameyer died in Bradford.  Within 6 months, Frederick Hameyer remarried, to Amelia Lumb (born 1824/25, Bradford).  The fact that Frederick’s first daughter, Louisa, had the middle name “Lumb” rather suggests Frederick’s two wife may have been related, possibly even sisters if either had been married previously, before marrying Frederick.  Frederick and Amelia seem to have set up home, within the first year of marriage, in Saddleworth, a woollen cloth producing group of villages or hamlets, which at the time was in Yorkshire, but from 1974 has been on the fringe of Greater Manchester.


With Amelia, Frederick had at least a further three children, all born in Saddleworth:


Thomas Lumb Hameyer

born 1855

Fredrick Hameyer, junior

born 1856/57

Amelia Hameyer, junior

born 1859/60


The 1861 census found parents Frederick and Amelia living with Frederick’s youngest daughter by his first marriage, and the above three Saddleworth-born children, at Uppermill, Saddleworth.


Frederick Hameyer senior died in 1865, at Saddleworth.


18-year-old Thomas Lumb Hameyer is elusive in the 1871 census, but the 1881 census found 28-year-old Saddleworth-born Thomas L. Hameyer had moved to Bradford where he was a boarder in the Sunderland household at 254 Lumb Lane, Manningham, Bradford.  Thomas was described as a buyer of “laces”.  (Even the enumerator used quotation marks.)


Younger brother Fredrick married Naomi Gibson Sheppard in 1881, in Aston.


It is apparent that Thomas experienced some sort of unspecified mental difficulties, as on 15/07/1882 he was admitted as a patient to the West Yorkshire Asylum at Menston.  He was discharged on 21/12/1882.


Thomas seems elusive in the 1891 census.


He was re-admitted to the asylum in Menston on 21/11/1892, initially as a private patient, though his financial resources must have dwindled as he became a “pauper” from 29/04/1894.  He remained at the Menston asylum to his death.




Thomas Lumb Hameyer died on 07/11/1918, aged 61, at the Menston asylum.  His estate was managed by younger brother Frederick.




Thomas Lumb Hameyer was not very noticeable outside Bradford Chess Club and lower-level local chess, but he is mentioned as a member of the Bradford Chess Club committee formed to investigate the feasibility of Bradford as the venue for the 1888 British Chess Federation Congress.


He also played in the Third Class tournament for Yorkshire players at the 1888 British Chess Federation Congress.





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