Yorkshire Chess History



Charles Gordon Addingley











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



21/01/1905, Pontefract



06/10/1978, Liversedge


Pontefract cemetery


Non-Chess Life


The Addingley family had a numerous presence in Pontefract, and some of its members were concerned with the local industry of liquorice manufacture.


Charles Gordon Addingley’s paternal great-grandfather was Samuel Addingley (born to son of John and Eleanor Addingley, and baptised 21/01/1798 at St. Giles & St. Mary, Pontefract), who was a hatter in 1829 and later a linen draper .  Samuel and his wife Mary had at least the following eight children, all born in Pontefract, baptisms being at St. Giles & St. Mary, Pontefract:


Eleanor Addingley

baptised 03/09/1828

John Hartley Addingley

born 1828/29; baptised 22/03/1829

died 1914, buried Pontefract cemetery

Charles Addingley

(later of Lyndhurst)

born 05/08/1830; baptised 01/09/1830

died 21/02/1891

Richard Addingley

baptised 08/01/1831

Sarah Ann Addingley

baptised 02/02/1834

Mary Addingley

born 08/06/1835, baptised 31/07/1836

George Addingley

baptised 31/07/1836

Hannah Addingley

born 13/09/1836, baptised 21/10/1838


Directories of 1857 and 1861 listed father Samuel Addingley & Sons, linen drapers and silk mercers, at Market Place, Pontefract.  The 1861 directory further listed son John Hartley Addingley as a linen draper at Salter’s Row.


Samuel Addingley died in 1865 and was buried in Pontefract cemetery.  George took over the business at Market Place, while Charles shared running the business at Salter’s Row with John.  Accordingly, a directory of 1867 listed George Addingley, draper, at Market Place, and John Hartley Addingley and Charles Addingley, linen drapers at Salter’s Row.  John Hartley Addingley was listed as having his residence at Ropergate, suggesting Charles lived over and/or behind the Salter’s Row shop as no specific residence was listed for him.


The marriage of John Hartley Addingley to Maria Barker was registered in the fourth quarter of 1867 at Ormskirk, Lancashire.  The couple had at least the following six children, all born in Pontefract:


Mary Barker Addingley

born 1868/69;

died 10/03/1937, Elm Grove, Tanshelf; buried Pontefract cemetery

John Hartley Addingley,


born 1870;

Charles Walter Addingley

born 1871/72;

died 05/05/1939; buried Pontefract cemetery

George Addingley

birth registered 2nd quarter 1874, at :Pontefract

death registered 3rd quarter 1874; buried Pontefract cemetery

Maria Addingley

born 1876/77;

died 1938; buried Pontefract cemetery

Ethel Addingley

born 1880/81;

died 31/05/1955, Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth, Devon


The 1871 census listed John and Maria living at Ropergate, Pontefract, with 2-year-old Mary Barker Addingley and 1-year-old John Hartley Addingley junior.  John Hartley Addingley was listed as a coney skin merchant.  Elsewhere in Pontefract, John’s brother Charles Addingley and wife Eliza were living at Market Place with Pontefract-born children John Calvert Addingley (b. 1867/68, died 04/02/1907), Samuel Addingley (born 1869/70, died 07/06/1919) and Annie Elisa Addingley (born Dec 1870 or Jan 1871).  Charles was continuing the family business as a master draper.


At some time from 1871 to 1877, John Hartley Addingley senior, brother Charles, and possibly other brothers, together entered the traditional Pontefract industry of liquorice manufacture.


An 1877 directory listed John Hartley Addingley, senior, as resident at the Baghill area of Pontefract, and Addingley Brothers [John Hartley Addingley senior and Charles Addingley], liquorice cake manufacturers and refiners, Baghill works.


Siblings Mary Barker Addingley, John Hartley Addingley and Charles Walter Addingley were resident in 1881 as boarding scholars at a school run at Rock Terrace, Higher Booths, Lancs., by Sheffield-born Sarah H. Burrows and her Ireland-born sister Eliza J. Burrows.  Ten years later the three were living together in Pontefract, seemingly at Watergate, though the 1891 census form seems to have been illegibly altered, making things a bit unclear.  Brothers John and Charles were in the traditional Pontefract business of liquorice manufacture.


The marriage of Charles Walter Addingley to Katherine Widdicombe was registered in the third quarter of 1900 at Edmonton , and the couple had at least the following four children:


John Eric Addingley

born 1901/02, Pontefract;

Charles Gordon Addingley

born 21/01/1905, Pontefract;

died 06/10/1978, Liversedge; buried Pontefract cemetery

Kathleen Enid Addingley

birth registered 2nd quarter of 1907;

death registered 4th quarter of 1907; buried Pontefract cemetery

Alan Widdicombe Addingley

born 1918/19;

died 13/04/1981; buried Pontefract cemetery


Our men, Charles Gordon Addingley and John Eric Addingley, were thus born the son of a liquorice manufacturer.


The third child died in the first year of life, being born and dying in 1907.


The1911 census found Charles Walter Addingley and Katherine Addingley, sons John Eric Addingley and Charles Gordon Adingley, and the father’s 30-year-old Pontefract-born cousin Amy Addingley, living at Fairleigh [a house or road?], in the Tanshelf area of Pontefract.  Father Charles Walter Addingley was listed as a manufacturer of liquorice.  There is a Fairleigh Farm on the Wakefield Road going SW out of Pontefract.


Katherine Addingley died on 12/03/1924.


The marriage of Charles W. Addingley to Mabel A. Bagley was registered in the fourth quarter of 1927 at Croydon, Surrey.  Members of the Bagley family crop up as executors of the wills of spinster members of the Addingley family.


Charles Gordon Addingley went to university (Leeds?), got his BSc, and went on to get a PhD.  He became a research chemist.


Telephone directories of 1929 and 1930 record a C. G. Addingley living at 55 Station Road, Norton, North Yorkshire.  This may have been our man.  If it was, then he must soon have moved to Leeds or thereabouts, on the basis of his chess activity.


The father, Charles Walter Addingley, then of Kirkee [sic] Mill Road West, Worthing, died on 05/05/1939, which ties in with a 1927 marriage in Croydon.  Probate was granted to Charles Gordon Addingley, research chemist, and John Eric Addingley, lance-bombardier in HM army.  His effects totalled £4,623 11s 6d.


Dr. Addingley was thus by 1939 a research chemist.  After their aunt Ethel Addingley died on 31/05/1955, brothers John Eric Addingley and Charles Gordon Addingley where executors of her will, the former being described as a tomato-grower and the latter still as a research chemist.


Whilst he might conceivably started his career as an analytical chemist analysing liquorice (unlikely), he ended up in the world of brake linings and drive-transmission belts as in time he came to work for the British Belting and Asbestos which had its origins in W. Willson Cobbett Ltd, was incorporated in 1879, changed its name to Scandinavia Belting Co. Ltd in 1911, and was then combined with British Asbestos Co. Ltd in 1925 forming British Belting and Asbestos Ltd.  This company was based in Cleckheaton.


The names of the British Belting & Asbestos, Ltd., and C. G. Addingley were associated with GB patent no. 698611 relating to !Improvements in anti-friction materials or products”, dated 12/05/1950.


In 1956 he appears to have undertaken a business(?) trip to the United States.  Charles Addingley, born 21/10/1905, age 51, a director of British Belting and Asbestos, is recorded as arriving at Southampton on 30/04/1956, having travelled from New York, first class, aboard the Queen Mary.


Latterly, “Doc” Addingley lived in Liversedge, “next door” to Cleckheaton.


The marriage of a Charles G. Addingley to Alice Stokes (born 02/10/1910) was registered in the third quarter of 1972 at Spen Valley.  The River Spen flows past Cleckheaton, then through (or under) Liversedge, then enters the River Calder at the SW corner of Dewsbury.




Charles Gordon Addingley died on 06/10/1978, presumably at Liversedge, and was buried in a family grave in Pontefract cemetery, to be followed by brother Alan Widdicombe Addingley who died 13/04/1984.  His wife, Alice Addingley, died in 2001.

(Click here for images of graves inscriptions of Charles Gordon Addingley and relatives.)




C. G. Addingley was playing for Leeds in the Woodhouse Cup in the early 1930s.  At the same time, J. E. Addingley, presumably older brother John Eric Addingley, was playing for Wakefield in the Woodhouse.  The two were playing a couple of boards apart for their respective teams on 04/11/1933.  On 27/01/1934 they were three boards apart.


In time Dr. C. G. Addingley became president of the Yorkshire Chess Association, from which post he retired not very long before he died.  In that capacity he served at YCA annual general meetings alongside secretary Geoff Sunderland, the two presenting somewhat contrasting visages, the president being more likely to adopt a genial air reminiscent perhaps of actor Alistair Simms, with the secretary being more likely to display a sterner somewhat countenance.


In later years, if memory serves, he presented a trophy for postal chess competition between teams representing Yorkshire clubs, as opposed to individuals.


There are those who remember being driven to county matches by Dr. Addingley in what one of its passengers once described as the “Yorkshire Pullman”, a large car with genuine wooden internal trim, and chess clocks scattered across the rear window-ledge.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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