George Tindall (1833-1895)

George Tindall was a printer, engraver and stationer.


He was born in 1833, the son of pipe maker John Tindall and his wife Mary (née Holt), and was baptised on 19 May 1833 at Huddersfield Parish Church.

He married three times, firstly to Hannah Maria Otty on 23 November 1857 at All Saints, Wakefield. The couple had four known children before her death in 1865:

  • Emily Tindall (1858-1921)[1]
  • Arthur Frederick Tindall (1860-1940)[2]
  • Lucy Ann Tindall (1862-?)
  • Alfred Booth Tindall (1863-1918)[3]

Tindall was a naturalist and is believed to have been a founding member of the Huddersfield Literary and Scientific Society and delivered a paper entitled "Aquatic Beetles and their Transformations" in May 1857.[4] He was also involved with the formation of the West Riding Consolidated Naturalists' Society in 1861 (renamed the Yorkshire Naturalist Union at the end of 1876), publishing and co-editing the society's journal, The Naturalist.

By November 1857, he was the honorary secretary of the Huddersfield Early Closing Association.[5]

In March 1865, he took over 12 New Street (formerly occupied by chemist Mr. M. Wood) to open as a "bookselling and stationery establishment".[6]

In 1866, he published Tindall's Huddersfield Directory.

Huddersfield Chronicle (22/Aug/1868)

Following a sale of his stock during the summer of 1868, he was declared bankrupt and left the Huddersfield area.

He married Ann Booth Hobkirk, sister of local naturalist Charles C.P. Hobkirk, on 17 April 1869. The couple had four known children before her death in 1887:

  • George Herbert Tindall (1870-1944)[7]
  • Louis Edward Tindall (1873-1949)[8]
  • Annie H. Tindall (1875-?)
  • Blanche Mary Tindall (1876-1936)[9]
Huddersfield Chronicle (26/Sep/1868)

He then spent the next couple of decades working as a travelling salesman and is known to have resided in Derbyshire, Oughtibridge near Sheffield(c.1870), Bradfield (1871), Camberwell in Surrey (c.1874-c.1877), Wheatley near Doncaster (1881).

By 1887, he had moved to Newmarket in Cambridgeshire, where his wife died aged 47. It was here that he took over the ownership of a stationery and printing business on the High Street.[10]

He married Catherine Jarrold in 1889 at Newmarket. The couple had two known children:

  • Evelyn Kate Tindall (1890-1962)[11]
  • John Philip Tindall (c.1892-1963)[12]

By the start of 1894, he was suffering from diabetes and paralysis.

George Tindall died on Friday 10 May 1895, aged 62, leaving an estate valued at £4,129 13s. 9d.

Catherine Tindall died on 25 August 1935 in Bayswater, Middlesex, aged 79.

Census Returns

Year Occupation Age Location
1851 letter press printer 18 Castlegate, Huddersfield
1861 printer 28 Grove Street, Huddersfield
1871 traveller & paper maker 38 Oughtibridge, Bradfield, Wortley
1881 commercial traveller & stationer 48 Avenue Road, Wheatley, Doncaster
1891 bookseller & stationer 58 High Street, Newmarket


Titles printed by Tindall include:


Cambridge Independent Press (17/May/1895):

We regret to record the death of Mr George Tindall, of Newmarket, who died on Friday in last week. The deceased gentleman had been suffering from paralysis for the past 18 months, with diabetes. A fortnight ago he returned from Eastbourne, where he spent a few weeks seemingly in better health and spirits than usual. On Saturday. May 4th, he was seized with pain in the chest and stomach, and this recurred at intervals until Friday morning, when he became alarmingly worse, but lingered until evening, passing away about 20 minutes to nine. Mr. Tindall was 62 years of age, and had been resident in Newmarket for 12 years, previous to which he travelled the Eastern Counties for Messrs Millington and Sons for a long term of years. He was a P.M. in Freemasonry, a member of the Newmarket Burial Board, now absorbed in the Urban District Council, and was twice president of the Newmarket Working Men’s Conservative Club. It was largely through his efforts that the Club House was erected, and up to the Monday previous to his death he attended the weekly meetings of the Committee. He was a director of the Newmarket Baths and Laundry Co., in which he took a great interest. In his earlier life, spent in Yorkshire, he was one of the founders of the Yorkshire Naturalist Union, taking a great interest in British Lepidoptera, of which he collected the bulk of the known species. He was thrice married, and leaves ten children. The funeral will take place at the Newmarket Cemetery on Friday at 3 p.m.

Cambridge Daily News (06/May/1918):[13]

Mr. Alfred Tindall was the second son of the late Mr. George Tindall, who came to Newmarket from Doncaster about 30 years ago, and bought from Mr. Wright the stationery and printing business that is still in the possession of the family. [...] Mr. George Tindall had four sons, Arthur (now in London), Alfred, George (now at Ely), and Louis (now at Norwich), and two daughters, Mrs. Jarrold (Soham) and Mrs. Hodgson (Seaford). Mr. George Tindall was an active politician, and took a prominent part in the founding of the Newmarket Conservative Working Men's Club, personally canvassing for subscriptions for building the rooms in Park Lane, now occupied by Mr. Walton's Racing Mission. Mr. George Tindall became a president of the club. His son Alfred also was elected on the committee and went through the chairs of vice-president and president.

Notes and References

  1. Born 31 March 1858. Did not marry. Died 1921 in London.
  2. Married Laura Amelia Nevill in 1885. Died 27 August 1940 in Surrey.
  3. Born 16 December 1863. Married Mary Louisa Halford in 1889. Died 30 April 1918 at Newmarket.
  4. "Huddersfield Literary and Scientific Society" in Huddersfield Chronicle (16/May/1857).
  5. "Public Notices" in Huddersfield Chronicle (28/Nov/1857).
  6. "Public Notices" in Huddersfield Chronicle (01/Apr/1865).
  7. Married Annie Newling in 1897. Their only son, Arthur George Tyndall, was killed at Passchendaele on 18 November 1917. Died 25 December 1944.
  8. Died 20 May 1949.
  9. Did not marry.
  10. Newmarket Shops History.
  11. Did not marry. Died 28 November 1962 in London.
  12. Married Una F. Walton in 1921. Died 23 May 1963.
  13. Part of the obituary for Alfred Tindall.