Person Male Born 1845 Died 1915
Jonathan Thomas Carr. Founder of Bedford Park, the first garden suburb, in 1875. He lived in the suburb, first at Tower House, since replaced by St Catherine’s Court flats, which he left in 1904 to reside elsewhere in the estate until his death.
From the Bedford Park panel: "Jonathan Carr was one of the most visionary developers of his day. Having married the daughter of a man who owned land close to Turnham Green station, in 1875 he bought 24 acres and set about creating Bedford Park. The suburb became highly fashionable with many residents living an aesthetic lifestyle in line with artistic aspirations of the day. Early residents included painters, illustrators, writers, actors and poets. Carr struggled financially with Bedford Park and sold his interests in 1886. Undaunted, he went on to develop innovative schemes in South Kensington and Whitehall."
The photo shows Carr aged 19.