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Thomas Henry Billington

Birth:

28/08/1865 [Gittins], Welshpool, Montgomeryshire as was (17 miles W of Shrewsbury)

Death:

08/12/1928 [probate], Llandudno, Caernarvonshire as was

Parents:

Baker & confectioner Thomas Billington (born 1839/40, Whitchurch, Salop.) and Ann (née Tomkinson, 1836/37, Market Drayton, Salop), who married in 1864, in Stafford

Siblings:

Frances Mary Billington, born 1867, Stafford

William Tomkinson Billington, born 1869, Stafford

and maybe more

Marriage:

On 07/09/1895 [Gittins] to Florence Ada Bayley (born 1868/69, Birmingham), in Kings Norton district of Birmingham

Children:

none up to 1911

Residence,

Occupation:

02/04/1871 [census]: baker’s shop, 37 Greengate Road, Stafford; scholar

03/04/1881 [census]: 34 Queen Street, Wolverhampton; live-in assistant to confectioner

05/04/1891 [census]: 34 Queen Street, Wolverhampton; live-in assistant to confectioner

1893, moved to Birmingham, where opened two bakery/confectionery shops [Gittins]

31/03/1901 [census]: 385 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham; own bakery & confectionery business, employing staff

02/04/1911 [census]: with wife’s parents at 88 Alston Street, Ladywood, Birmingham; baker & confectioner

08/12/1928 [probate]: Lonsdale House, Craigydon, Llandudno, Caernarvonshire

Chess:

He learnt the moves in 1882.  For many years he was secretary of Wolverhampton Chess Club.  He joined St George’s Chess Club, Birmingham in 1893, playing inter-club matches there.  In the 1893 North of England v South match, he was down as a reserve for the North team, and ended up substituting on board 3, losing his game, but receiving praise for the resistance he offered to J. H. Blake.  He was famous as a problemist, especially as a solver, winning various prizes.  His documented chess activity as a player ranges at least from 1886 to 1904, whereafter his activities as a problem composer and solver run through to about 1924.

Notes:

He was one of those included in The Chess Bouquet (F. R. Gittins, 1897), a collection of articles on living problemists of the day.

 

 

William Bridgwater

Birth:

1835 (08/04/1835 to 06/06/1835), Selly Oak, in the township of Northfield

Baptism:

20/03/1836, Harborne, Staffs

Death:

03/09/1914, at his home, Lubeck House, Washwood Heath Road, Ward End, Birmingham, after a long illness [death notice & probate]

Burial:

07/09/1914, Witton Cemetery (after service at United Methodist Church, Washwood Heath)

Parents:

Charles Bridgwater (born 1802/03, Rowley, Staffs.) and Sarah Bridgwater (born 1802/03, Sedgley, Staffs.)

Siblings:

Benjamin Bridgwater, born 1828/29

Jane Bridgwater, born 1831/32

Sarah Bridgwater, born 1833/34

Charles Bridgwater, born 1834/35

Thomas Bridgwater, born 1837/38

Mary Ann Bridgwater, born 1838/39

John Bridgwater, born Apr/May 1841

Marriage:

to Elizabeth Hart (born 1835/36, Aston), 1861, Birmingham

Children:

Charles Edward Bridgwater, born 1861/62, Aston

Charlotte Bridgwater, born 1863, Aston

Kate Elizabeth Bridgwater, born 1865/66, Aston

William Frederick Bridgwater, born 1868, Aston

Frank Oswald Bridgwater, born 1870/71, Aston

John Percival Bridgwater, born 1872, Aston

Ralph Herbert Bridgwater, born 1874, Aston

Norman Hart Bridgwater, born 1876, Aston

Leonard Victor Bridgwater, born 1878, Aston

Residence,

Occupation:

06/06/1841 [census]: Selly Oak (Northfield); father Charles a lock-keeper on canal; (“Bridgwater”)

30/03/1851 [census]: (Selly Oak) Northfield; father Charles a toll-collector on canal, William a die-sinker; (“Bridgwater”)

07/04/1861 [census]: visiting 23 Great Barr Street, Aston, Birmingham; die-sinker

02/04/1871 [census]: Highfield Road, Aston, Birmingham; cooper, employing 6 men and 2 boys

03/04/1881 [census]: Wycliffe House, Highfield Road, Aston; cooper, employing seven men

05/04/1891 [census]: Shaw Hill House, (Alum Rook Road,) Shaw Hill, Aston; packing case maker

31/03/1901 [census]: Shaw Hill House, Alum Rook Road, (Shaw Hill,) Aston, Birmingham; packing case manufacturer

02/04/1911 [census]: Lubeck House, Ward End, Birmingham; packing case manufacturer

03/09/1914 [at death]: Lubeck House, (Washwood Heath Road,) Ward End, Birmingham

Chess:

Evident in newspaper accounts of activities of Birmingham Chess Club and Worcestershire Chess Association from 1876 to 1902 at the 1903 Worcs. CA AGM his absence from county team was noted, suggesting that is the point at which he stopped playing.

He played in both North of England v South matches, or 1893 and 1894.

Surname:

Chess reports name this player with bewildering inconsistency as either “W. Bridgwater” or “W. Bridgewater”, but the spelling in official documents was always “Bridgwater”, and that is how the man himself spelt it in his 1911 census return.

 

 

Created

19/11/2020

Stephen John Mann

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Last Updated

19/11/2020