Yorkshire Chess History



Rev. James Legard Peach











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



03/07/1861, Appleton‑le‑Street



08/04/1921, Appleton‑le‑Street



Non-Chess Life


James Legard Peach’s father was the Rev. Charles Pierrepont Cleaver - not Peach - (born 19/02/1829).  Charles Pierrepont Cleaver was a son of the Rev. James Jarvis Cleaver, MA (Oxon), of Holme Pierrepont, near Nottingham, Canon of Southwell, who changed his surname from Cleaver to Peach, by Royal Licence, on 16/06/1845.


Charles Pierrepont Cleaver went to Cambridge University under the surname Cleaver, but seems to have “inherited” his father’s new surname, one way or another, since his children bore the surname Peach.  He became a priest in 1853, and in 1854 became curate of Holme Pierrepont, Notts. (his father’s parish), and more significantly, for present purposes, at the same time he became vicar of Appleton-le-Street, Yorkshire.  He appears to have held both posts until his death.  He seems to have lived at Appleton-le-Street.


Appleton-le-Street is about 4 miles WNW of Malton.  The “Street” in question is the modern B1257;it is not a Roman Road, but is clearly one of significant antiquity.


In 1855 the Rev. Charles Pierrepont Peach, BA, restored and re-seated All Saints, Appleby-le-Street. [1]


Charles Pierrepont Peach (né Cleaver) married Agnes Lucy Cleaver (née Agnes Lucy Legard, daughter of George Legard, of Easthorpe, Malton).  The couple had at least two children:


James Legard Peach

born 03/07/1861

Charles Edmond Cleaver Peach

born Oct 1875


James was educated at Uppingham School.  he was admitted as a pensioner at Trinity, Cambridge, on 01/06/1880, matriculating at Michaelmas 1880.  He got his BA in 1884, later getting an MA in 1887.  He was ordained a deacon at Liverpool in 1885, and was curate of St. Mary’s, Anfield, Liverpool, from 1885 to 1886.  He was made a priest in 1886.


His father died on 19/09/1886, and in the same year a stain-glass window was installed in the church by the parishioners, as a memorial.  The living passed into the gift of Mrs. Peach, and James himself took over as vicar of Appleton-le-Street from 1887 to 1888.  The Rev. Maurice Frederick Bell, MA (Oxon) took over the living from 1889, residing at Amotherby. [1]  The Rev. Henry Ward, BA (Cantab), was vicar from 1893, residing at Amotherby. [2]


The Cleaver-Peach family had clearly been landowners, as James had been Lord of the Manor of Brockhampton, Gloucestershire, and he sold this property in 1888.


He was involved with the Oxford University mission to Calcutta, and was Principal of St. James’s School, Calcutta from 1886 to 1896.  One assumes this involved moving to Calcutta up to 1886.


Thereafter he appears to have resided at Appleton-le-Street, where his mother had continued to reside.


Kelly's Directory of N & E Ridings of Yorkshire, 1893, recorded Rev. James Legard Peach, MA, as one of the three main landowners in Amotherby (pronounced Amerby) 3 miles NW of Malton, and in the same parish as Appleton-le-Street; he had perhaps inherited land from his father, or else bought it with the proceeds of selling the Brockhampton property.  “Mrs. Peach”, i.e. our man’s mother, was listed as residing at Appleton-le-Street.


After James’s mother died, oak panelling was installed in the chancel, in memory of her.  The gift of the living passed to James.


Kelly's Directory of N & E Ridings of Yorkshire, 1913, listed Rev. James Legard Peach, MA, at Appleton-le-Street, Malton.




The Rev. James Legard Peach died on 08/04/1921, at Appleton-le-Street.




“Rev. J.L. Peach” played for York in the Woodhouse Cup in 1901-02.


He played in the 1900 Lancashire-Yorkshire match, in the 1899-00 Yorkshire correspondence team, in the 1902 Cumberland-Yorkshire match, in the 1902 Yorkshire-Lancashire match, and in the 1904 Yorkshire-Cheshire match.


He played for the N&E Ridings’ team against West Yorkshire in 1903.





[1] Kelly's Directory of N & E Ridings of Yorkshire, 1893.

[2] Kelly's Directory of N & E Ridings of Yorkshire, 1913.

(Most other non-chess detail comes from Venn, where not self-evidently otherwise.)





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