Yorkshire Chess History



Alfred Owen Shalders











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17/12/1830, Halesworth, Suffolk


20/04/1834, Norwich


22/10/1895, Syston, Leics.



Non-Chess Life


Alfred Owen Shalders’ parents were Noah Shalders (born 1789/90, Norwich) and Mary Shalders (née Norton, 1800/01, Norwich), who had at least the following five children:


Iris Shalders

born 1823/24, Norwich, Norfolk

Noah Shalders

born 1826/27, Norwich, Norfolk

Albert Shalders

born 1828/29, Norwich, Norfolk

Alfred Owen Shalders

born 17/12/1830, Halesworth, Suffolk

Isabella Shalders

born 1834/35, Norwich, Norfolk


(A family tree displayed at http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/h/a/Graeme-A-Shalders/GENE1-0002.html claims they had 14 children in all.)


Alfred Owen Shalders was born on 17/12/1830 [per baptism register], at Halesworth [per censuses], Suffolk.  Quite why he was born away from Norwich is unclear.


The baptism register of the New Jerusalemite Church, Queen Street, Norwich, records the baptism there on 20/04/1834 of Alfred Owen Shalders, born 17/12/1830, son of Noah Shalders, pawnbroker of Norwich, and Mary Shalders.


The 1841 censuses found parents Noah and Mary living with the above five children, except Noah junior, and a servant, at Westlegate Street, Norwich which was something like Highgate House.  Father Noah was a pawnbroker.


During the next ten years, Iris Shalders got married, becoming Iris Todd, had a daughter, Selina Todd (born 1848/49, Norwich), and was widowed.


The 1851 census found Noah and Mary still living at Westlegate Street, Norwich, with Albert, Alfred, Isabella, Iris (Todd), Selina Todd and a servant.  Albert and Alfred were now involved in their father’s business as a pawnbroker and clothier.


In 1853, Alfred Owen Shalders married Rebecca Todd, presumably a sister of Iris’s husband, at or near Henstead, Suffolk, about 8 miles SE of Lowestoft.  The two had at least the following three children:


Catherine Shalders

born 1857/58, Bradford

Julian Antonio Shalders

born 1860/61, Bradford

Pauline Shalders

born 1865/66, Bradford


The birthplaces of the children show that our man had moved to Bradford by 1858.  White’s 1861 Directory and Topography of Bradford &c listed Alfred Owen Shalders & Co., stuff merchants, at Tyrrel Street, with Alfred’s home being at 44 Houghton Street, Bradford.


He went into partnership, as Shalders and Richardson, in business as a stuff merchants, with Richard Richardson (perhaps related to Bradford chess-player George Richardson).  This partnership was dissolved on 02/12/1865 [London Gazette: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/23046/page/6484 ]


Our man’s father died in 1868.


The 1871 census found 40-year-old Halesworth-born stuff merchant Alfred O. Shalders staying as a visitor at the Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol, presumably on a business trip.


The 1881 census found the parents, three children and two servants living at 7 Oak Villas, Manningham, Bradford.  Alfred and Julian were both woollen merchants, presumably working together.  In time, Julian got married and named one of his children Alfred Owen Shalders.  Kelly’s 1881 Bradford Directory listed Alfred Owen Shalders, merchant, having his business at 13A Piccadilly.


At some stage the Shalders family moved to Ilkley.  The 1887 Bradford Directory listed nobody at 7 Oak Villas, suggesting the Shalders family had recently moved to Ilkley.  The business premses at 13A Piccadilly were still listed.


The 1891 census found Alfred and Rebecca living with a “companion” (lady’s help) and two servants at Elm Lea (elsewhere spelt “Elmleigh”), Easby Drive, Ilkley.  Alfred was still a stuff merchant.




Alfred Owen Shalders of Ilkley, and merchant of Bradford, died on 22/10/1895, at Syston, Leicestershire.  Probate was granted to his widow, Rebecca Shalders, William James Spence (physician & surgeon) and William Greaves (solicitor).  He left £27,528 15s 10d.


Rebecca died in 1900.




His chess activity in Bradford included playing in one of the 1864 Huddersfield-Bradford matches, and in a 1865 Huddersfield-Bradford match.


He attended the West Yorkshire Chess Association meeting of 1867.





Copyright © 2014 Stephen John Mann

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