Yorkshire Chess History



Edward Wyndham Tarn











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



26/12/1827, Clerkenwell


04/02/1828, Clerkenwell


29/08/1900, Cromer, Norfolk



Non-Chess Life


Edward Wyndham Tarn was born at Clerkenwell, Middlesex, on 26th December 1827, to William Tarn, a “gentleman”, and his wife Flora, who lived at Goswell Road.  He was baptised at St. James, Clerkenwell, on 4th February 1828.


He had moved to Huddersfield by 1856, as he was a member of Huddersfield Chess Club in 1856.


White’s Directory of Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield etc, 1858, listed Edward W. Tarn as an architect with his place of business at 37 Kirkgate, Huddersfield, and home at 31 South Street, Huddersfield. He was also listed as having an architect’s business address at Wellington Road Dewsbury where he also functioned as an agent for the Sun Life Insurance company.


He married Emma Barthill (born 1820/21 in Buckingham), on 2nd July 1857, at St. John’s, Huddersfield.


Their first child, a little surprisingly, was born in 1858/59 back in the London area, but the others were born in Huddersfield.


The couple had at least four children:

Walter Tarn

born 1858/59, St Pancras, Middlesex;

Arthur W. Tarn

born 1859/60, Huddersfield;

Edward J. Tarn

born 1860/61, Huddersfield;

Albert Tarn

born 1862/63, Huddersfield.


The 1861 census (which gives his middle name in full) lists the family in Huddersfield.


White’s Directory of Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield etc, 1866, lists Edward Wyndham Tarn (giving his middle name in full) as an architect at 31 Queen Street.


White's Directory of Leeds & the West Riding, 1870, appears not to list E. W. Tarn, suggesting he moved out of the area from 1866 to 1870.  His wife, Emma, died at some stage, which may have been related to the move back to London.


By 1881, the family was living back in the London area, in the St Pancras area.


In 1883 he was living at 31 Mornington Road.  The electoral register refers also to Wyndham Villas, Mansell Road, seemingly meaning he owned them.  One imagines Edward Wyndham Tarn built Wyndham Villas or renamed them, or else the shared name “Wyndham” is an amazing coincidence.


On 7th October 1885, at Christ Church, Albany Street, Camden, the widowed architect married Angela Dollman, daughter of fellow architect Francis Thomas Dollman.  Edward was then resident at 164 Albany Street, and the Dollmans resided at 63 Gloucester Crescent.


By 1890 he was resident at 2 Mornington Road, where he remained at least to 1894, when again the electoral register referred to his interest in 10, 12 and 14 Mansell Road.


Probate records indicate that by 1900 he had moved to 15 Rockmount Road, Upper Norwood.




Probate records state that Edward Wyndham Tarn of 15 Rockmount Road, Upper Norwood, died 29/08/1900 at Suffolk Park, Cromer, Norfolk.  Perhaps he’d been taken ill and had gone to Cromer for the sake of his health.  He left £4,374 6s 6d.




At the 1856 Huddersfield Chess Club AGM he played in the match Huddersfield-Wakefield, and attended the 1856 annual meeting of the West Yorkshire Chess Association.





Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann

Census information is copyright of The National Archive, see UK Census Information

Last Updated