John Carr, the celebrated architect, was born in Horbury, in the year 1723. He was the eldest son of a master mason, and from his earliest years showed a decided taste for architecture. In 1748 he set up in business for himself, and soon established a reputation as one of the leading architects in the north of England. He designed and built many fine bridges, houses and public buildings, including Buxton Crescent in Derbyshire and Harewood House, one of the most magnificent Palladian mansions in the country. Carr became Mayor of York and became known as John Carr of York; but we are re-claiming our most famous son as John Carr of Horbury. The programme of celebratory events begins at our own John Carr building, the Grade 1 St. Peter’s Church, on 28th April.