Yorkshire Chess History
John Allison Heselton
John Allison Heselton was a son of John Heselton and Martha Heselton, and seems to have been born in 1819/20. He was baptised at St. Peter’s, Leeds, on 19th April, 1821. The baptism register recorded his father, John Heselton, as a confectioner, of Commercial Street, Leeds.
The 1841 census found him, as a 20-year-old accountant, and two other, lodging with Ann Millar at 20 Rockingham Street, Leeds.
On 25th June 1844, at Leeds, he married Louisa Maria Littlewood, born 22nd June 1823 at Beeston, Leeds, the daughter of Samuel Littlewood, cloth drawer of Park Row, Leeds. John Allison Heselton was described as a bookkeeper, and his father, John Heselton was described as an agent. rather than as a confectioner.
The couple had at least the following children:
The 1851 census listed him and wife, children Amelia, George and Catharine, 23-year-old, Holbeck-born Isabella Littlewood (presumably a relative of Louisa), and a domestic servant, all living at 52 Westgrove Road, Bradford.
Lund’s Directory of Leeds, Bradford &c, 1854, listed John Allison Heselton, 21 Southfield Place, Bradford.
The 1861 census found 41-year-old accountant, John Allison Heselton, at the Waterloo Hotel in Liverpool, presumably on a business trip.
White’s Directory of Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield &c, 1866, listed John Allison Heselton, accountant and insurance agent, 14 Darley Street, with home at 22 Southfield Square, Manningham, Bradford.
White's Directory of Leeds & the West Riding, 1870, listed John Allison Heselton, accountant, 14 Darley Street, Bradford; h. 22 Southfield Square, Bradford.
The 1871 census found John and Louisa living with all the above seven children, except George, still at 22 Southfield Square, Bradford. John was described as an accountant, Samuel and Robert as scholars.
Byles’s, Post Office Bradford Directory, 1879-80, listed John A Heselton, accountant, 2nd Floor, Popplewell Chambers, 9 Market Street, Bradford
Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire, 1881, listed the following:
J A Heselton, 9 Market Street, Bradford, insurance agent for North British and Mercantile;
John Allison Heselton, accountant, 9 Market Street, Bradford [business address];
John Allison Heselton, 47 Southfield Square, Bradford [home address, apparently a change from 1871].
The 1881 census listed John A Hesleton and Louisa M Hesleton living at Carlrayne Villa, Menston-in-Wharfedale with Katharine, Isabel, Caroline, and Robert T Hesleton, along with a domestic servant.
On 2nd August 1882, Louisa Maria Heselton died. She was buried at St. John the Divine, Menston.
Byles’s Post Office Bradford Directory, 1883, listed John A Heselton, accountant, 2nd Floor, Popplewell Chambers, 9 Market Street, Bradford
White's Directory of Bradford, Halifax ..., 1887, listed John A Heselton, accountant, 6 Popplewell’s Chambers, 9 Market Street, Bradford, noting him to be an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
John Allison Heselton died 24 days after his 69th birthday, on 27th March 1889, and was buried on 30th March 1889 at St. John the Divine, Menston, by the vicar, S. Howard Hall, in the same grave as his wife.
There is among the graves at St. John’s church a lump of stone which is not positioned correctly on a grave plot, but presumably originally served as a headstone to the grave. It bears the following inscription:
WIFE OF J. A. HESELTON
OF CARLRAYNE, MENSTON
BORN JUNE 22, 1823, DIED AUGUST 2, 1882.
ALSO THE ABOVE J. A. HESELTON,
BORN FEBRUARY 3, 1820,
DIED MARCH 27, 1889.
The family business was continued under the same name after John Allison Heselton’s death.
Byles’s Post Office Bradford Directory, 1891, listed both:
John A Heselton & Son, chartered accountants, 9 Market Street, Bradford, and
R T Heselton (of J A Heselton & Son), 61 Ashgrove, Bradford.
Thus Robert T Hesleton had joined his father’s accountancy firm.
White's Directory of Leeds & the Clothing District, 1894, listed J A Heselton & Son, 9 Market Street, Bradford (under accountants, “Son” being Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants). It also listed Mrs Harriet E. Heselton at 6 Elmwood Grove, Bradford
Byles’s Post Office Bradford Directory, 1898 listed:
J A Heselton & Son, chartered accountants, 6 Popplewell’s Chambers, Bradford, insurance agent for North British and Mercantile, insurance agent for London and Counties Plate Glass Company, Ltd;
Robert T Heselton, chartered accountant, Final Royd, 34 Park Drive, Heaton, Bradford, trading as “Heselton, Bradford”;
John James Shackleton (Heselton & S.), 22 Clifton Terrace, Shipley.
Thus it seems Robert may have struck out on his own, but in 1912 he was listed again as connected with his father’s firm, which he may never have left..
Byles’s Post Office Bradford Directory, 1912, listed:
J A Heselton & Son, chartered accountants, Popplewell’s Chambers, 9 Market Street, Bradford
William T Butterfield (of J A Heselton & Son), 8 Cleveland Road, Bradford
Robert T Heselton, (of J A Heselton & Son), Final Royd, 34 Park Drive, Heaton, Bradford
Thomas B Heselton, (of J A Heselton & Son), 8 Cleveland Road, Bradford
He was one of those at the first meeting of Bradford Chess Club, on 08/11/1853, at which he was elected its first secretary.
He represented Bradford in matches against Huddersfield in 1864. He attended the seven West Yorkshire Chess Association annual meeting of 1866 to 1872.
Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann
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