Made in Sheffield
notice appeared in the Sheffield & Rotherham Independent of 26/12/1857.
W C H E S
S C L U B.
At a meeting
held on TUESDAY last, Mr. EDMD. THOROLD
in the chair,
an independent Chess Club be now established, to be called “THE SHEFFIELD
the terms of Membership be – Entrance, 5s. ;
Annual Subscription, 5s.
the place and days of Meeting, the General Rules, &c., be left to the
decision of a subsequent meeting.
considerable number of those present put down their names as Members of the
new club, and the following Gentlemen will be glad to receive the Names of
any Chess Players desirous of joining.
THOROLD, Mount Villa.
GILPIN, King Street.
BIRCHALL, East Parade.
signatories were Edmund Thorold,
Gilpin, and Charles Birchall.
The same notice
appeared a number of times in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph in late
December 1857 (the first apparently on 24/12/1857), but the Telegraph
consistently put “EDWD.” For “EDMD.” throughout.
The new chess club
lasted at least into its second season, as the Sheffield & Rotherham
Independent of 18/09/1858 reported as follows:
CLUB. – The members of the
Sheffield Chess Club have resumed their weekly meetings for play at the
Council Hall, Norfolk street, every Tuesday evening. The president of
the club for the year is Thomas Marshall, Esq.; and the honorary secretary,
Edmund Thorold Esq..; from either of whom information may be obtained
relative to the club, by gentlemen wishing to become members. The
stimulus recently given to chess by the Birmingham meeting, as well as by
the visit of the American champion, Mr. Morphy, will serve, it is hoped, to
advance the interest of the game throughout the country, and to induce many
person to give greater attention to this most intellectual of all
Marshall mentioned was presumably the Thomas Marshall who had been a
member of the Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club in 1848 and 1849. It was
presumably the same Thomas Marshall who was honorary secretary to the Sheffield Athenaeum &
Mechanics Institute Chess Club in September 1849. He was probably
also the Thomas Marshall who was a member of the Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club for
25 years or more from 1859 onwards.
The club may have
folded after its second season, as co-founders Thorold, Gilpin and Birchall
were all members of the Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club by 1859, and further
reference to this chess club are at best elusive.