Yorkshire Chess History
Frank Huckvale was one of at least four children born to a Harry Huckvale (born 1814/15, Blackfriars, London) and Elizabeth Huckvale (born 1819/20, Over Norton, Oxon.):
The birth of Frank Huckvale was registered in the third quarter of 1845, at Camberwell, Surrey.
By the time of the 1851 census, Elizabeth was living with her father-in-law, farmer William Huckvale (born 1786/87, Over Norton, Oxfordshire), her sister-in-law Mary Huckvale, the above four children, and one servant, in Over Norton, Oxfordshire. William Huckvale farmed 220 acres, employing 8 labourers. The eldest three children were scholars.
Frank’s grandfather, William Huckvale, died in 1854. By 1871, elder brother, Henry (“Harry”) William Huckvale appears to have taken control of the farm in Over Norton. Meanwhile, parents Harry and Elizabeth moved at some stage to Leeds.
The 1861 census, found Harry and Elizabeth living with 15-year-old Frank Huckvale and 13-year-old William Huckvale living in the parish of St Mark’s, West Leeds.
Whilst he is elusive in the 1871 census, he was probably still in Leeds. Somewhat enigmatically, however, there was a Frank Huckvale who was a member of the Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club in 1873 and 1874. This Sheffield player was named in the Huddersfield College Magazine as “F. H. Huckvale”. However, attempts to identify either a second Frank Huckvale or an F. H. Huckvale have failed, suggesting that unmarried Frank Huckvale of Leeds for a short while lived in Sheffield in the early 1870s.
The marriage of Frank Huckvale to Jane Eleanor Dickenson (born 1846/47, Leeds) took place in 1873. The couple had four children, all born in Leeds:
The 1881 census found the parents, four children, Jane’s widowed mother Ellen Dickenson, and two servants, living at Cardigan Road, Headingley-cum-Burley, Leeds. Frank was a commercial traveller.
Later in 1881, Frank’s son Cuthbert died, at the age of 7, and was interred at Lawnswood Cemetery, Leeds.
Kelly's Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire, 1881, listed Frank Huckvale, sugar agent, Goodall’s Chambers, 62 Boar Lane, Leeds, with his residence at 6 Cardigan Terrace, Cardigan Road, Headingley, Leeds.
It becomes apparent that while continuing to work in Leeds, at some time from 1881 to 1888, Frank and his family moved to Otley for a while.
Kelly, Directory of Leeds and Its Neighbourhood, 1888, listed Frank Huckvale, commission agent, 22 grocer’s exchange, Corn Exchange, Leeds; also Frank Huckvale, commercial traveller, Dickinson’s Court (between Boar Lane and Briggate), Leeds, with his residence at 4 Grosvenor Terrace, Otley.
He was described as of Otley at 1888 Bradford tournament.
Kelly’s West Riding directory of 1889 listed Frank Huckvale, commission agent, at 4 Grosvenor Terrace, Otley.
Frank is elusive in the 1891 census, but was clearly still in the general Leeds area, perhaps Otley or Burley-in-Wharfedale. (He played for Burley-in-Wharfedale in 1894.). Chess records place him in or around Otley from 1888 to at least 1895. At some time thereafter the family moved back to Leeds, probably in 1900 (if not playing for Leeds in the Woodhouse Cup of 1899-00, but starting in 1900-01, is a guide).
In 1896, Frank’s brother, Henry William Huckvale, died, and was interred with Cuthbert at Lawnswood Cemetery, Leeds.
The 1901 census found parents Frank and Jane living with daughters Ellen and Elizabeth at 8 Hessle Mount, in back-to-back part of the Hyde Park area of Leeds. Frank was a commission agent in provisions.
The 1911 census found parents Frank and Jane living with unmarried daughter Ellen at 49 Richmond Mount, Headingley, Leeds. Frank was a commercial traveller in provisions. Ellen was an assistant teacher employed by the City Council.
Frank Huckvale died, aged 66, in 1912, in Leeds. He was interred at Lawnswood Cemetery, Leeds, with son Cuthbert and brother Henry.
Jane Eleanor Huckvale died in 1928, aged 81, and was interred in the Huckvale grave at Lawnswood.
There was a Frank Huckvale who is recorded in treasurer’s records as being a member of the Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club in 1873 and 1874. This may have been the later Leeds player, resident perhaps for a few years in Sheffield. Attempts to identify a second Frank Huckvale have failed, suggesting the Sheffield player and the Leeds player were the same person.
“F. Huckvale” played in the 1873 Sheffield visit by Joseph Henry Blackburne. (The Huddersfield College Magazine called him “F. H. Huckvale”.)
“F. Huckvale” was listed as a Leeds player attending the 1873 annual meeting of the West Yorkshire Chess Association.
“D. Huckvale” was listed as a Leeds player attending the 1877 annual meeting of the West Yorkshire Chess Association. Was this Frank with his initial printed wrongly?
“Huckvale, Leeds” played on board 76 (!) in the 1883 Yorkshire-Lancashire match, as a Leeds player.
“F. Huckvale” was listed as a Leeds player attending the 1884 annual meeting of the West Yorkshire Chess Association.
He played in the Second-Class Players’ Tournament (Yorkshire) and the British Chess Association’s 1888 tournament in Bradford.
He appears to have been instrumental in the formation of an Otley Chess Club in 1888.
“Huckvale”, with no initial, was listed as an Otley player attending the 1889 annual meeting of the West Yorkshire Chess Association.
He played for Burley-in-Wharfedale in the 1894 Ilkley v Burley match.
As an Otley player he played in the 1895 West Yorkshire Chess Association v Sussex, correspondence match.
He doesn’t seem to have played in the Woodhouse Cup of 1899-00, but he played for Leeds in the Woodhouse Cup from the 1900-01 season through to the 1907-08 season and possibly later.
He played in the 1902 Yorkshire-Lancashire match, as a Leeds player.
He played in the 1903 West Riding v North & East Ridings match, as a Leeds player.
He played in the 1904 Yorkshire-Lancashire match, as a Leeds player.
He played in the 1908 Cheshire-Yorkshire match, as a Leeds player.
Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann
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