Yorkshire Chess History



Dr. George Winter Rhodes











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1822/23, Huddersfield


18/04/1823, St. Peter’s, Huddersfield


22/11/1892, Huddersfield



Non-Chess Life


Entry 126 in the baptism register of St. Peter’s, Huddersfield, recorded the baptism there, on 18/04/1832, by I. Coates, of George Winter Rhodes, son of William Rhodes, liquor merchant, and Maria Rhodes, of Clough House, Huddersfield.


George’s year of birth implied by census returns was 1822 or 1823.  The baptism date suggests it was 1823.


He seems elusive in the 1841 census, at which time he’d be about 18 years old, and perhaps away from home at university or medical school, apparently in London.  He became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, and a Licentiate of the Apothecaries’ Company of London, and went on to enter general medical practice, initially, in London.


Entry 78 of the marriage register of St. Thomas, Clapham Common, in the parish of Hackney, Middlesex, recorded the marriage there, on 14/10/1847, by John Gilderdale, of George Winter Rhodes, bachelor, of full age, surgeon, of 14 Norfolk Street, Strand, son of William Rhodes, wine merchant, to Georgina Mary Peacock (born 1823/24, Daggenham, Essex), spinster, of full age, of Upper Clapton, daughter of John Pickering Peacock, gentleman.


The couple had at least the following five children:


Georgina Isabella Rhodes

born, 1848/49, Paddington, Middlesex

Honor Frances Rhodes

born, Mar/Apr 1850, Huddersfield

Mary Victoria Rhodes

born, Huddersfield

Helen Brook Rhodes

born, Huddersfield

George Francis Rhodes

born, Huddersfield


The birthplaces of the children rather imply the family moved from London to Huddersfield around 1849


The 1851 census found the parents and first two children living with four servants in Ramsden Street, Huddersfield.  George was described as a general practitioner, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, and a Licentiate of the Apothecaries’ Company of London.


The 1861 census found the family, now with five children and three servants, still in Ramsden Street.  George was still a general practitioner, MRCS, England.  Helen was a scholar.


The 1871 census found the family had moved to Queen Street South, Huddersfield, still with five children and three servants.  George was now further described as “FRMChS, London”.  Helen and George were both scholars.  Their address, more specifically, appears to have been no.1 Queen Street South.


The 1881 census found the family at the same address, but with the eldest two daughters seemingly having left home.  George was described simply as a surgeon. George was now a student of medicine.  There were still three children.


George’s wife, Georgina May Rhodes, formerly of 11 Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, but late of 1 Queen Street South, Huddersfield, died at home on 12/09/1890.


The 1891 census found widower George living with daughter Mary, and two servants, still at Queen Street South.  George was still surgeon and general practitioner, while Mary was living on her own means.




George Winter Rhodes, of Queen Street South, Huddersfield, surgeon, died on 22/11/1892, aged 69.  Probate was granted to George Francis Rhodes, surgeon, and the Reverend William Le Neve Bower, clerk.  He left £6,205 6s 2d.




“G. W. Rhodes” was one of the members listed as present at the Huddersfield Chess Club annual meeting of 1856.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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