Yorkshire Chess History



Francis Parker Carr











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



13/06/1860, Southwark


19/08/1860, Lambeth


15/06/1945, West Worthing




Non-Chess Life


The parents of Francis Parker Carr were Robert Carr (born, 1819/20, London) and Ann Eliza Carr (born 1824/25, Cowes, Isle of Wight), who had the following children:


Ann Maria Carr

born 1847, Poplar, London

John Dale Carr

born 1848, Clerkenwell, London

Ellen Carr

born 1849, Holborn, London

Ralph Charles Carr

born 1851/52, Holborn, London

Edward Robert Carr

born 1853, Clerkenwell, London

Daniel Henry Carr

born 1855, Clerkenwell, London

Alfred Hollis Carr

born 1857, Clerkenwell, London

Francis Parker Carr

born 13/06/1860, Southwark, Surrey

Mary Dale Carr

born 1867, Finchley, Barnet


Baptism records show Francis Parker Carr to have been born to Robert Parker and Ann Eliza Parker of Blackfriars Road, on 13/06/1860 (a date confirmed by the 1939 Register), and baptised on 19/08/1860 at China Terrace, Lambeth.  The birth was registered in St Saviours district, south of the Thames, and census returns variously give the place of birth as Southwark, or more broadly Surrey.


The 1871 census found father Robert, a blacking (i.e. ink) maker employing 8 men and 2 boys, wife Ann, above nine children, and a cook, living at “Bank High Street”, Hornsey.  The ink manufacturing business was already a “family” business as both John and Ralph were clerks to their father.  Edward, “Dan”, Alfred and Francis were scholars.


On 03/10/1871, Edward Robert Carr, son of Robert Carr of 14 Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell was admitted as a pensioner to St. John’s, Cambridge University, ending up getting an LL.B. in 1875, becoming a solicitor, and coroner for Penge.


Francis followed his brother Edward in attending City of London school, and in his turn was admitted as a pensioner at St. Catherine’s, Cambridge, on 25/01/1879, matriculating in Lent 1879, going on to get a B.A. in 1882.


The 1881 census found parents, children Ann, Edward, Alfred, Francis and Mary, and a servant living at Lonley House, Bank, Hornsey.  Edward was now a solicitor, Alfred was a timber merchant, Francis was Cambridge undergraduate, and Mary was a scholar.


Later in 1882, Francis got his B.A., but rather than go into one of the “professions” he followed his father and older brothers into the ink manufacturing business.


The 1891 census found mother Ann (not widowed, so were was father?), children Francis and Mary, a 2-year-old grandson Edward L. Walton, and two servants living at Slingley(?) House, The Bank, Hornsey.  Francis was a writing ink manufacturer.


Sometime later, but still in the first half of 1891, Francis Parker Carr married Elizabeth Jessie Hallett (born 1862, Clerkenwell) in London.  By the time of the 1911 census, they had had four children, of which one had by then died.  The surviving children were:


Edward Hallett Carr

born 1892, Islington, London

Frederick Robert Carr

born 1895, Edmonton, London

Jessie Frances Carr

born 1899/00, Edmonton, London


The 1911 census found writing ink manufacturer Francis, wife Elizabeth, the above three children, Elizabeth’s widowed mother (with private means), a cook and a housemaid living at 105 Crouch Hill, North London.


His address was given on 17/12/1918 as Brunswick Park Road, New Southgate, London, N11.


The 1939 Register found company director Francis P Carr (born 13/06/1860) and Hilda W Carr (born 07/02/1876 – perhaps a niece) living at a hotel at 1 St Michaels Road, Worthing, Sussex.




Francis Parker Carr, of 122 Offington Avenue, West Worthing, died on 15/06/1945 (probate records and creditor notice), aged 85, at Hopedene, Wordsworth Road, Worthing.  He left £24,471 16s 9d.




“F. P. Carr” played for Cambridge University in inter-varsity matches.


He played in at least one correspondence chess tournament run by the Chess Player‘s Chronicle (1882).


In over-the-board inter-club chess he played for the London Athenaeum chess Club, typically on board 1 in examples seen.


He played in both the North v South matches (1893 and 1894), and by a curious fluke got paired against John Edmund Hall in both matches.


He played on board 8 for the South in the 128-board 1902-03 Northern Counties Chess Union v Southern Counties Chess Union correspondence match (01/10/1902 to 30/04/1903), and won the Harris best-game prize for his game with White against the Rev. W C Palmer [BCM 1903 p. 345].





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