Yorkshire Chess History



Marriott Oakes











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1849/50, Sheffield




16/11/1902, Sheffield


19/11/1902, Christchurch, Fulwood, Sheffield


Non-Chess Life


The parents of Marriott Oakes were pawnbroker Henry Oakes (born 1814/15, Attercliffe, now part of Sheffield) and Mary Oakes (born 1819, Sheffield), who had at least the following ten children:


Emily Oakes

born 1840

Fredrick Henry Oakes

born 1841

Lucy Mary Oakes

born 1842

George Edmund Oakes

born 1846

Eliza Oakes

born 1848

Marriot Oakes

born 1849/50

Helen Oakes

born 1851

Henry (“Harry”) Oakes

born 1854

Gertrude Oakes

born 1857

? Oakes

born Mar/Apr 1861


There was a Wilfred Robinson Oakes who was born 1844 and died in 1845, little over a year old.  This may have been a member of this family.


The 1851 census found parents and first six children living with six servants at 99 South Street, Sheffield.  (This South Street was what is now called the Moor.)  Father Henry was a pawnbroker.


The 1861 census found parents and the above ten children, except George and Eliza, living with four servants at “Kings Road”, Sheffield.  As the next-mentioned road was Williamson Road, it seems Kings Road was perhaps the modern Kingfield Road.


Marriott Oakes seems elusive in the 1871 census.


On 19/04/1877, in Bridlington, Marriott Oakes married Charlotte Laetitia Wrangham (born17/04/1855, Bridlington), of 73 High Street, Bridlington, daughter of George Robert Wrangham, linen and woollen draper.  The couple had at least the following three children, all born in Sheffield:


Mary Wrangham Oakes

born 26/06/1878

Margaret Geraldine Oakes

born Dec/Jan 1880/81

Geoffrey Marriott Oakes

born 15/08/1890


The 1881 census found Marriott Oakes, wife Charlotte, two daughters and three servant living as 63 Westbourne Road, Sheffield,  a few doors along the road from fellow chess-player Arthur Davy, who lived at number 50.  Marriott was a member of the stock exchange.  (The Sheffield Stock Exchange was formed in 1844.)


The 1891 census found parents and all three children living with two servants, still at 63 Westbourne Road.   Marriott was still a stockbroker.


The 1901 census found parents, daughter Mary, son Geoffrey, and three servants, living at Riverdale Croft, Riverdale Road, Ranmoor, Sheffield. (His residence wasn’t actually named as Riverdale Croft in the census.)  Marriott was a “stockbroker agent”.




Marriott Oakes died on 16/11/1902, in Sheffield, and was interred on 19/11/1902 at Christchurch, Fulwood.




Marriott Oakes was a member of the Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club from 1873 (according to treasurer’s records).


He played in the 1883 Blackburne display in Sheffield, and in the 1885 Zukertort blindfold display in Sheffield.


He played in the 1885 Derby County CC v Sheffield & District CA match.


He played for Sheffield in the Woodhouse Cup in 1885-86: 1886 Sheffield v Bradford, 1886 Sheffield v Leeds, and 1886 Wakefield v Sheffield.


He played in the 1888 Sheffield & DCA v Manchester CC match.


He played in the 1889 Sheffield v Bradford Woodhouse Cup match.


He played in the 1890 Sheffield Athenaeum v. St. George’s, Birmingham match.


He played in the 1893 Sheffield Athenaeum CC v Sheffield & District CA match.





Copyright © 2015 Stephen John Mann

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