Records of Nottingham Chess Club, 1842-1900

Scope and Content

The records of the club are pasted into a single volume and primarily concentrate on membershipmatters. Although details of gameplay and strategy, arrangement of championships, the volumesinclude newspaper cuttings giving results of three tournaments held with clubs in Leicester andNorthampton in 1885.

The collection contains a single volume containing: an 1858 printed copy of the club rules,analysis of accounts including a record of subscription payments, names of members present atmeetings, newspaper cuttings reporting on the club, printed leaflets announcing forthcoming eventsand news, and a printed bill advertising the Counties Chess Association Congress held in Nottinghamin 1886.

Administrative / Biographical History

Little is known of the origins, history or fate of the Nottingham Chess Club. According to the1858 copy of the club rules, the club was established on 16 October 1829 and met at Bromley House,Nottingham. In 1858, the club adhered to George Walker's treatise on chess and called upon memberspresent to vote in the event of a dispute during a match.


The volume is arranged chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of this volume must be sought in advance in writingfrom the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email The Department willtry to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and the responsibility forcopyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishing to publish.


Custodial History

The volume was purchased by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections in July 1997.

Corporate Names

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