Yorkshire Chess History



Albert Edward Moore











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



30/04/1857, Hulme, Manchester



24/06/1921, Whalley Range, Manchester



Non-Chess Life


Albert Edward Moore was one of at least six children born to Thomas Moore (born 1819, Manchester) and Emma Moore (born 1823/24, Manchester):


Thomas R Moore

born 1844/45, Manchester

Mary E Moore

born 1847/48, Manchester

Ada Jane Moore

born 1852/53, Manchester

Isabella Moore

born 1854/55, Manchester

Albert Edward Moore

born 1857, Hulme, Manchester

Edith E Moore

born 1859/60, Manchester


The birth of Albert Edward Moore was registered at Chorlton in the second quarter of 1857.  His place of birth is given in censuses as Manchester, or more specifically (in 1891 and 1911), Hulme, within two miles SW of the centre of Manchester.  His date of birth is given in non-original sources as 30/04/1857, which fits.


The 1861 census found the family home located at a draper’s shop in Moss Side Terrace, Moss Lane, Moss Side, Manchester.  Those listed included both parents and all six children, except Albert Edward Moore.  There were a number of other Moore families in Manchester, some quite possibly those of Thomas’s siblings, so it is possible 3-year-old Albert Edward Moore was staying with relatives, perhaps because 1-year-old Edith was ill.  (The second youngest child is surprisingly often missing from the parental home when the census shows the youngest child to be under 2 years of age.)  Edith in fact fails to appear in the family in later censuses.  Father Thomas was a railway clerk, but he seems to have changed jobs a few times in future years.  Mother Emma was a dressmaker, presumably in connection with the draper’s shop behind/over which the family lived.  Thomas junior was an office clerk.  Mary, Ada and Isabella were all scholars.


The 1871 census found the family at 95 Bristol Street, Hulme, Manchester.  Both parents and the five children other then Edith were listed.  Father Thomas was now a packer’s manager.  Mother Emma was no longer listed as having an occupation other than housewife.  Thomas junior was now a cotton manufacturer’s salesman.  Our man, 13-year-old Albert E. Moore, was a yarn agent’s clerk.


The 1881 census found the family had moved again, to 2 Balmoral Terrace, Shrewsbury Street, Stretford, four miles or son SW of the centre of Manchester.  Thomas junior had by now left home, leaving only four children still living with their parents.  Father Thomas was now a fire insurance clerk.  Mary was a career woman, being a milliner, employing 3 girls.  Our man, 23-year-old Albert, was a shirt manufacturer, employing 15 women.  Albert was now in a position to take a wife.


The marriage of Albert Edward Moore to Helen Evans was registered in the third quarter of 1886.  By 1911, the couple had had only two children, both born in Moss Side, Manchester:


Gwendolyn Moore

born 1887/88

Alfred R Moore

born May/June 1890


The 1891 census found Albert and Helen, with their two children, living at 92 Yarborough Street, Moss Side, a mile or so south of the centre of Manchester.  Albert was listed as a shirt manufacturer.  Slater's Manchester & Salford Directory, 1895, listed his shirt-maker business premises as 44 and 55 Cannon Street, and his residence a t 92 Yarborough Street.


The 1901 census seems to have found the family in Blackpool, presumably on a seaside family holiday.  Parents Albert and Helen, with 13-year-old Gwendolyn and 10-year-old Alfred junior, were visitors at a lodging house called Park House, in Imperial Terrace, Blackpool.


The 1911 census confirmed Albert and Helen had been married 10 full years, and had had only two children.  The family residence was now 38 Stanley Road, Whalley Range, Manchester.  Whalley Range is about two miles SW of Manchester city centre.  Albert junior seems to have left home as only the two parents and daughter Gwendolyn were listed there.  Albert was a shirt manufacturer still.


Slater's Manchester, Salford & Suburban Directory, 1911, listed Albert E. Moore, shirt manufacturer, at 44 Cannon Street, with “workrooms” at 55 Cannon Street, and 18 New Cannon Street, Manchester.  His residence was given as The Woodlands, 38 Stanley Road, Whalley Range.


Albert Edward Moore remained resident at 38 Stanley Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, for the rest of his life.




Albert Edward Moore, shirt manufacturer, of “38 Stanley Road, Whalley Range, Withington, Manchester,” died there on 24/06/1921.  His death, at age 64, was registered in the third quarter of 1921, at Chorley.  Probate was granted not to his wife or son, but to Thomas Albert Farron, estate agent, Arthur Ernest Carr, printer and stationer, and George William Powell, accountant.  He left £51,740 12s 6d.




He was not strong enough as a player to represent Lancashire in matches against Yorkshire.  Nevertheless he is recorded playing for his club at inter-club level, for instance the 1904 Huddersfield v North Manchester match.


He was an important supporter of the move to establish a northern county chess association, and was elected chairman of the meeting held on 28/01/1899, in Manchester, at which the Northern Counties Chess Union was established, soon becoming president of the Union.  His contribution was, however, more definitive than being NCCU president.  At an NCCU Executive Meeting held on 02/12/1899, in Leeds, at which he was committee chairman, he offered to provide a challenge trophy of the value of 20 guineas, for competition between teams representing the counties in the Union.  Thus came into being the Northern Counties Chess Union County Championship Challenge Trophy, more conveniently referred to as the “Moore Trophy”.  It was first contested in the 1900-01 season.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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