Yorkshire Chess History



Henry Herbert Bromham











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1879, Derby


25/12/1881, St James the Greater, Derby


10/01/1959, Mansfield, Notts.



Non-Chess Life


The identity of the parents of Henry Herbert Bromham is unclear.  Indications of his date of birth mainly place it in 1879 or 1880.  The only matching birth registration seem to be one at Derby in the third quarter of 1879, with the surname being transcribed as “Brommon”.


The 1881 census found 1-year-old “Henry H. Bromham” not with his parents, but as a “nurse child” in the household of married couple Thomas Hill, locomotive fireman, and Emily S Hill, who lived at 33 Grayling Street, Litchurch, Derbys.  This couple additionally had a 4-year-old son of their own, Thomas Hill.


Our man is elusive in the 1891 census.


The 1901 census found Derby-born “Herbert H. Bromham”, a salesman for the Singer Sewing Machine Co., allegedly aged 22 years, as a boarder in the household of the Copley family living at 22 Cromwell Terrace, Leek, Staffordshire.  Information for the census return would probably have been supplied by the head of the household, who probably got his boarder’s age wrong.  The rendering of the boarder’s name suggests he was generally known as “Herbert” rather than “Henry”.


At some stage from 1901 to 1911 our man moved to Sheffield.  Chess activity places him in Sheffield from 1905 or earlier.  He doesn’t seem to be mentioned in the Sheffield directory of 1906 (for which data might well date back to 1905), so it’s probable he arrived in Sheffield in 1905.


The 1911 census found unmarried 31-year-old Derby-born “Henry Herbert Bromham” living on his own at 26 Filey Street, Sheffield.  He described himself as a sewing machine agent.


Thereafter, our man seems to have soon moved away from Sheffield.




Henry Herbert Bromham appears to have died on 10/01/1950, when he was described as being of The Victoria Hospital, Stockwell Gate, Mansfield.  The death of a “Herbert Henry Bromham”, allegedly aged 69, was recorded at Mansfield, Derbyshire, in 1950.  It seems his death was registered by one not too close to him, who perhaps knew him as “Herbert” rather than “Henry”, and wasn’t too clear as to the deceased’s age.  Probate records also used the name “Herbert Henry Bromham”.


This nevertheless appears all to relate to the death of the Sheffield chess-player, in the absence of any birth record of “Herbert Henry Bromham”.  Our man had perhaps in time taken to reversing his forenames so that he one by which he was known came first.




As “H. H. Bromham” (conveniently sidestepping questions regarding his forenames) he played in Sheffield’s Woodhouse Cup team at least over the period 1905 to 1908.


He played against Emmanuel Lasker in the latter’s 1908 simultaneous display in Sheffield.





Copyright © 2014 Stephen John Mann

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