AR­CHI­TECT JOHN CARR: A LIFE

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

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.

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