Yorkshire Chess History



William Trickett











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1833, Bramley, near Leeds


03/09/1833, Lane Particular Baptist, Bramley




22/06/1898, St. Mark’s, Woodhouse


William Trickett was born in 1833, at Bramley near Leeds (now part of Leeds), to Thomas Trickett (born 1805/06) and Eliza Trickett (born 1810/11, Bramley).  The couple had at least three children:

George Trickett

born 1829/30, Bramley

William Trickett

born 1833, Bramley

Ann Trickett

born 1838/39


Our William Trickett is not to be confused with William Wharton Trickett (born 1833/34 in Thorner), who resided in London in 1861 and 1871, and whose death was registered at Wakefield in the second quarter of 1898.


White’s Leeds & Clothing District Directory, 1830, lists a Thomas Trickett, grocer and blacking manufacturer, living at Bramley.


White’s Directory of Leeds & the Clothing District, 1842, gives Thomas Trickett as registrar for births and deaths in “Kirkstall”, one of ten districts into which the superintendent registrar of Leeds had his territory divided.


The 1841 census listed 35-year-old registrar Thomas Trickett and his 30-year-old Eliza Trickett living in Town Street, Bramley, with the above three children.


White’s Directory of Leeds & the Clothing Districts, 1847, listed among the residents of Bramley, Thomas Trickett, registrar, and Mrs. Jane Trickett.  That rather sounds as though “Mrs. Jane Trickett” was his widowed mother.


Thomas Trickett died at some time from 1847 to 1851; the death of a Thomas Trickett was registered at Hunslet in the first quarter of 1851.  Accordingly, the 1851 census found the widowed Eliza Trickett, still living at Town Street, Bramley, now as a grocer and tea merchant.  She was living with 21-year-old George, a stuff (? – not terribly legible) merchant’s clerk, 17-year-old William, a pattern-setter with a stuff merchant, and 19-year-old niece Eliza Ann Trickett, a cloth weaver.  It rather looks as though Ann Trickett may have died from 1841 to 1851.  It also looks as though Mrs. Jane Trickett had died.


White’s Directory of Leeds, Bradford &c, 1854, listed Thomas Trickett still resident in Bramley!  Either was is an error, or it wasn’t the husband of widowed Eliza Trickett.  It listed Eliza Trickett as a shopkeeper in Bramley.


White’s Directory of Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield &c, 1858, seems to list no Tricketts at Bramley.  Eliza Trickett was perhaps by now dead, but she’d be only about 47, and perhaps William’s occupation as an employee meant he didn’t get a mention in the “trades” classification.


On 2nd June 1858, at St. Peter’s, Leeds, William Trickett, a 24-year-old warehouseman, son of Thomas Trickett, registrar, married Bramley-born Hannah Sugden, 26-year-old daughter of Henry Sugden, iron founder.  The couple seem to have had only one child, Annie E. Trickett, born 1861/62 in Bramley.


The 1861 census found William, now a commercial traveller, and Hannah, living at Town Street, Bramley.  Mother Eliza Trickett had by now presumably died.


White’s Directory of Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield &c, 1866, listed William Trickett, warehouseman, 9 West Hillary Street, Leeds.  Presumably the commercial travelling was only a brief occupation.  Perhaps the birth of the first child, in 1861/62, had resulted in William opting for a more sedentary job again.


White’s Directory of Leeds & the West Riding, 1870, seemed not to list William Trickett, though it did list his brother George Trickett, now a joiner working with Henry Pickles as Pickles & Trickett, joiners, Town Street, Bramley


The 1871 census found William, Hannah and little Annie, living at 15 West Hillary Street, Leeds.  They also now had a servant.  William’s occupation had changed; he was now a manager at a tobacco manufacturer, apparently as an employee, possibly the same business where he’d been a warehouseman.


The 1881 census found William, Hannah and “Anne” (i.e. Annie), living apparently at a slightly different address, 12 West Hillary Street, Leeds.  William was now specifically a tobacco manufacturer (rather than an employee), employing 5 men, 1 boy, 2 girls.  They now had two servants.


They seem to have moved house in 1881, as Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire, 1881, listed William Trickett, 4 Highfield Terrace, Kingston Road, Leeds, in the “Court” section, and William Trickett, tobacco manufacturer, 15A Trinity Street, Leeds, which was presumably the factory’s address.


Our man is elusive in the 1891 census.


White's Directory of Leeds & the Clothing District, 1894, listed William Trickett, bookkeeper (which seems a little odd), 1 Highfield Terrace, Kingston Road, Leeds.




William Trickett died in 1898, aged 64, and was buried on 22nd June, 1898, at St. Mark’s, Woodhouse, by H. Ernest Crofts, assistant curate.  His abode at the time was recorded in the burial register as Mount Preston.  A search for the grave was fruitless.


St. Marks, Woodhouse, Leeds, is no longer used as a place of worship, and the surrounding graveyard is in a sad state of neglect and decay which makes it an eyesore, and makes use of the path through from the road to the blocks of flats behind unpleasant.  About a third of the headstones remain standing.  Many of those which lie flat are nevertheless face-up, and so would benefit from a much-needed general clearance.  The formation of a “Friends of St. Mark’s, Woodhouse” voluntary group could return the graveyard to a state which enhanced the immediate rejuvenated area rather than spoilt it.




He attended (at least) twenty West Yorkshire Chess Association meetings, those of 1866 & 1867, 1870 to 1880, 1882 to 1884, and 1886 to 1889.


He played in the 1883 Yorkshire v Lancashire match.





Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann

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