Yorkshire Chess History



George Adam Battinson











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



30/06/1841, Halifax


15/08/1841,  St. John the Baptist Halifax


1915, (at or near) Exeter



Non-Chess Life


George Adam Battinson was born on 30/06/1841, at Halifax, to Adam Battinson, a mechanic, and Lydia Battinson.  He was baptised on 15/08/1841, at St. John the Baptist Halifax, and it is the baptism register which supplies the date of birth.


The 1851 census found George lodging at a school run by John and Martha Crowther, in Shelf, about 4 miles SE of Bradford, along the road to Halifax.  This school was a small affair with the scholars made up of three of the Crowthers’ children, a grandson, and five Halifax-born boarders of whom 11-year-old George was one.


He is elusive in the 1861 census, but he pops up in poll books, where he is placed at Park Terrace, Halifax, from 1869 (or before) to 1870.


On 31/03/1869, 27-year-old bachelor machine wool-comber George Adam Battinson of Halifax, son of Adam Battinson, machine wool-comber, was married by John Parmiter, at St. John the Baptist, Halifax, to 27-year-old spinster Eliza Wood of Halifax, daughter of Benjamin Wood, chemist and druggist.  The couple appear to have had no children.


The 1871 census found George and Eliza living with on servant at Craven Edge, Hopwood Lane, Halifax.  George was now a “master wool comber by machinery” employing 32 men and 9 women.  In other words he owned and ran a factory which combed wool mechanically rather than by hand.


Poll books place George Adam Battinson at Craven Edge from 1871 to 1874, then at 6 Savile Mount, Halifax, from 1875 to 1882, although he had moved to Bradford by 1881.


The next ten years saw George change home and job.  Accordingly, the 1881 census found George and Eliza living, with one servant, at 3 North Park Terrace, Manningham, Bradford, with George listed as a share-broker.  This suggests he still owned  at least two properties in 1881.


A poll book places George Adam Battinson at 8 North Park, Bradford, in 1883.


These Battinsons are elusive in the 1891 census.  They may have already decamped to London.


The 1901 census found George and Eliza living in a lodging house at 5 Templeton Place, Kensington, London.  George was described as a stockbroker.


The 1911 census found the couple in a similar lodging house at 11 Earl’s Court Square, Kensington.  69-year-old George was described as a gentleman of private means, and so had retired from work.




George Adam Battinson died in 1915, at or near Exeter.  The death was registered in the third quarter of the year as being at age 73.  He’d be 74 on 30/06/1841, hence he must have died in late June 1915.




He seems not to be evident as a chess-player in Halifax.


He played for Bradford in the 1882 Leeds v Bradford match.


He one of those playing in the 1882 D Y Mills blindfold “simul” in Bradford.


He played in the 1883 Yorkshire v Lancashire match.





Copyright © 2014 Stephen John Mann

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