ARCHITECT JOHN CARR: A LIFE
John Carr was born in Horbury, Wakefield, in 1723, the eldest of nine children and the son of a prosperous stonemason.
By 1751, he had established himself in York, where he designed town houses for the Yorkshire gentry and the new grandstand at Knavesmire racecourse, which brought him to the attention of Edwin Lascelles of Harewood, who asked him to design his new home. His work on Harewood House brought him fame and fortune and he undertook hundreds of commissions all over Britain and Europe.
Considered the archetypal Georgian architect, Carr was notable for both quality and value. Such was his standing in society he was Lord Mayor of York twice. He died in 1807 and as buried in Horbury.