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Carr: pupil, student, Teacher, Head Master and Publisher


This section lists events in Carr's life, by Year. It's a work in progress. There are mistakes, I am sure. Locations and visits are based on letters and postcards seen in archives.




1912: Born on 20th May at 5 Railway Cottages, Carlton Miniott, North Riding of Yorkshire


1912-18: infancy


1918-21: pupil at the primary school in Carlton Miniott; played cricket, soccer and rugby union; acted in school plays;


1921-25: pupil at the primary school in Sherburn-in-Elmet


1925-29: pupil at Castleford Secondary School


1930: taught at South Milford Primary School as a Teacher's Assistant; saw the last day of the Test match at Headingley between England and Australia at which Don Bradman had scored a record 309 runs on the first day as a part of a personal score of 364 (1);


1931: contnued working as a Teaching Assistant; played football for Milford White Rose in the Barkston Ash Cup which they won in a final in which they played Halton at Garforth; started at Dudley Training College for Teachers


1932: continued at Dudley; edited the student's magazine, The Eagle; ran for the College cross-country team; saw Yorkshire play Nottingham at Headingley on 12th July (2)


1933: graduated from Dudley; got a job at a school in Bitterne, near Southampton


1934: taught at a school at Bitterne; played cricket for Curdridge CC


1935: finished teaching at Bitterne; returned to teach in Birmingham


1936: taught in Birmingham; joined Aston Unity CC


1937: taught in Birmingham;


1938: in September travelled to Huron, South Dakota via Canada, to teach for a year on an exchange with a teacher at the High School.


1939: finished teaching at Huron; left Huron on 27th May; spent 3.5 months travelling in Japan, China, Malaya, Burma, India, the Middle East and France, arriving back on 13th September; volunteered to join the Royal Air Force


1939: taught at Hastings Road Senior School in Kingstanding, Birmingham (3) while waiting to enter the RAF and on supply in Chepstow


1940: Joined the RAF in October as an Aircraftman; trained in aerial photography


1941: stationed in Barnstable, Devon


1942: stationed at RAF Padgate, Lancashire


1943: joined 270 Squadron RAF, West African Forces stationed in Bathurst, Sierra Leone (see first map of England & Wales).


1944: Returned to England early in year to RAF Manston; Commissioned as a Pilot Office by RAF Intelligence.


1945: Married Sally Sexton on 14th March at Elmstead in Essex


1946: Left RAF; took 3 months demob leave near Redcar; returned to Birmingham to teach; joined Birmingham Municipal Cricket Club.


1947: teaching in Birmingham; son Robert born in November


1948: teaching in Birmingham; contributed to Midlands Club Cricket Year Book


1949: teaching in Birmingham


1950: teaching in Birmingham; contributed to Midlands Club Cricket Year Book


1951: before he took up his post at Highfields School in Kettering while it was being built, acted as Headmaster of Ringstead School. His time there and a painting that he did of the school is described by David Ball in a short history of the school. It contains a lovely quote from Carr which hints at a letter to 'Uncle Fred' in The Northants Campaigner.


1952: Headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering; joined Kettering Town Cricket Club.


1953: Headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering.


1954: Headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering; played cricket for Kettering Wanderers XI.


1955: Headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering.


1956: Headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering; started Northamptonshire County Cricket League Year Book; took leave of absence and returned with his wife and son to Huron to teach at Huron High School for another school year; travelled to Huron via New York.


1957: Taught at Huron High School; published The Old Timers; returned to Kettering


1958: Headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering; edited Northamptonshire County Cricket League Yearbook.


1959: Headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering; edited Northamptonshire County Cricket League Yearbook.


1960: Headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering; edited Northamptonshire County Cricket League Yearbook; started painting the The Northamptonshire Record.


1961: Headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering; edited last Northamptonshire County Cricket League Yearbook.


1962: Headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering


1963: first novel published - A Day in Summer; started to edit The Northants Campaigner


1964: took leave of absence; published first small book, the poetry of John Clare.


1965: published first map, of Northamptonshire; visited Denmark in August


1966: took early retirement from teaching and became a publisher and novelist.


1967: second novel published - A Season in Sinji; published first map of Warwickshire designed with son, Robert


1968: published more small books and maps; in April drove to Istanbul on holiday


1968: published more small books and maps


1970: published more small books and maps; published last issue of The Northants Campaigner


1971: published more small books and maps


1972: published more small books and maps; third novel published - The Harpole Report.


1973: published more small books and maps; visited Huron, South Dakota and donated a map of Beadle County.


1974: published more small books and maps.


1975: published more small books and maps; fourth novel published - Steeple Sinderby.


1976: published more small books and maps; holiday in June in Mallorca, Spain


1977: published more small books and maps;


1978: published more small books and maps; holiday in a caravan in Wales in September.


1979: published more small books and maps;

1980: published more small books and maps; fifth novel published - A Month in the Country; novel won The Guardian Fiction Prize and was short-listed for the Booker Prize.


1981: Sally Carr died. Holiday in October visting Gothic churches in France (Vezeley, Yonne)


1982:


1983: donated manuscript of A Month in the Country to the Morgan Library, New York, USA, and gave a lecture during a visit.


1984: October, stone carvings of St Peter and St Paul placed in niches above the west door of Kettering Church


1985: sixth novel published - The Battle of Pollocks Crossing, short-listed for the Booker Prize.


1986:


1987:


1988: seventh novel published - What Hetty Did


1989:


1990:


1991:


1992: eighth novel published - Harpole & Foxberrow


1993:


1994: Died on 26th February, aged 81 y



References

(1) From a review in The Spectator in June 1991.

(2) From review in Wisden, 1993.

(3). A note in Kettering Public Library about the class of pupils he taught hand-writing.