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The J.L. Carr Collection

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About the collection

A painting of the drive leading to Castle Ashby house

The J.L. Carr Collection has been digitised as part of the X4L RAPID* project.

The X4L/RAPID project was funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), as part of their Exchange for Learning (X4L) programme. The consortium comprised of Tresham Institute of Kettering, University College Northampton and the Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Service. The project was awarded funding from June 2002 and completed in July 2005.

The collection consists of original art works by J.L. Carr, depicting scenes from around Northamptonshire.

*(Re - purposing Art media and Performance Information for Digitisation)

A drawing of the eagle carving at Brixworth church

Joseph (James) Lloyd Carr was born in the North Riding of Yorkshire in 1912, the youngest child of a Railwayman, and he attended Castleford Secondary School. After teaching in Hampshire and Birmingham, interrupted by his service flying reconnaissance missions during the Second World War, he became headmaster of Highfields Primary School, Kettering, in 1951. In 1967, having already had two novels published, A Day in Summer and A Season in Sinji, Carr decided to leave teaching and devote his time to publishing and writing. His fifth novel, A Month in the Country (1980), was short-listed for the booker prize and later won the Guardian Fiction Prize. It was also made in to a feature film. His sixth novel The Battle of Pollock's Crossing was also short-listed for the Booker Prize.

Other notable books by Carr include What Hetty Did (1988) and How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup (1975). He also produced two volumes of Extraordinary English Cricketers. Later, Carr concentrated on his publishing business that included over one hundred 16 page small books, decorated with his own artwork. During his life in Northamptonshire Carr also produced a series of paintings of scenes from the county.

A painting of the East Haddon font A painting of the Crick font A painting of the font in Brafield-on-the-Green church A painting of the Norman font at Braybrook

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Copyright and Contact Details

The material in this collection is the copyright of Mr. R. Carr and the X4L/RAPID project. It is made available here for educational use and private study only.

A painting of Sutton Bassett church
Address: Andrew Bailey
Tresham Institute
St. Mary's Road
NN15 7BS
Tel: +44 1536 413055
Fax: +44 1536 522500

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