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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, as well as taken from Byron Rogers' biography.


(Last updated on 16/12/2020)


1897:

February 16th: Joseph, eldest son of Mr & Mrs Robert Carr of Poppleton, married Hannah Elizabeth, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert Welbourn of Hutton Cranswick at Driffield Wesleyan Chapel.


1900:

28th February: Ethel Blanche Carr born, JLC's eldest sister


1902:

24th December: Kathleen Winifred Carr, JLC's sister. She died in 1999, age 97 y


1905:

9th November: Raymond Welbourn Carr born at 5 Philadepha Terrace, York, JLC's older brother. He died in 2005, aged 99 y


1912:

20th May: Joseph Lloyd Carr born at 5 Railway Cottages, Carlton Miniott, North Riding of Yorkshire


1912-18:

Infancy


1918-21:

Pupil at the primary school in Carlton Miniott


1921-25:

Pupil at the primary school in Sherburn-in-Elmet


1925-29:

Pupil at Castleford Secondary School: played cricket, soccer and rugby union; acted in school plays


1929:

December: appeared in Castleford Secondary School production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'


1930:

Left Castleford Secondary School

15th July: JLC 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 334 (1);

Taught at South Milford Primary School as a Supernumery Teacher, paid £1 a week


1931:

Played football for Milford White Rose in the Barkston Ash Cup which they won in a final in which they played Halton at Garforth

March: promoted to Uncertified Teacher at South Milford Primary School, paid £2 a week

September: 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

12th July: saw Yorkshire play Nottingham at Headingley (2)


1933:

Graduated from Dudley

September: got a job at a school in Bitterne, near Southampton


1934:

Continued to teach at a school at Bitterne

Summer: played cricket for Curdridge CC


1935:

Continued to teach at a school at Bitterne

17th August: JLC was best man at the wedding of Kathleen Winifred Carr to Tom England (1908-1987) at the Methodist Church, Sherburn-in-Elmet (reported in Leeds Mercury on Monday 19th August 1935, page 5.)


1936:

Returned to Birmingham to teach

Summer: joined Aston Unity CC


1937:

Continued to teach in Birmingham


1938:

Continued to teach in Birmingham

September: sailed across the Atlantic to Quebec to reach Huron, South Dakota, to teach for a year on an exchange with a teacher at the High School.

1st October: arrived in Huron, South Dakota


1939:

Finished teaching at Huron

27th May: left Huron on 27th May and spent 3.5 months travelling in Japan, China, Malaya, Burma, India, the Middle East and France

13th September: arrived back in England; volunteered to join the Royal Air Force

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


1940:

October: Joined the RAF 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.

April: met Sally Sexton at a ball at Westgate-on-Sea


1945:

14th March: married Sally Sexton at Elmstead in Essex


1946:

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


1947:

Teaching in Birmingham

November: son Robert Duane born


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

April: granted leave of absence to return to Huron to teach again at the High School

August: traveled with his wife and son to Huron, via New York to teach at Huron High School for another school year

5th September: started teaching history and English at Huron High School


1957:

Continued teaching at Huron High School

20th May: published The Old Timers

July: 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.

28th June: Carr holds and exhibition of his paintings at his house on Mill Dale Road, Kettering


1962:

Headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering


1963:

Headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering

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.

26th August: unveiled a memorial to two New Zealanders who has died in 1945 at Jossingfjord, Norway


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

April: applied for leave of absence without pay for two years

13th July: resigned from teaching


1968:

Published more small books and maps

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

May: 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

May: fourth novel published - Steeple Sinderby.


1976:

Published more small books and maps

June: holiday in Mallorca, Spain


1977:

Published more small books and maps;


1978:

Published more small books and maps

September: holiday in a caravan in Wales


1979:

Published more small books and maps;

1980:

Published more small books and maps

January: fifth novel published - A Month in the Country

21st October: attended award ceremony for the Booker Prize

27th November: awarded The Guardian Fiction Prize and was short-listed for the Booker Prize.


1981:

March: attended Hatchards 'Authors of the Year' party

April: invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

June: Sally Carr died, aged 62 y.

November: awarded an Honorary Degree of Master of Arts by the University of Leicester

October: holiday 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:

Resigned as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

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:

February: seventh novel published - What Hetty Did


1989:


1990:


1991:


1992:

June: eighth novel published - Harpole & Foxberrow


1993:

August: holiday in a caravan in Llandrindo Wells; diagnosed with leukaemia


1994:

26th February: JLC died, 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.