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The Papers of Lord Carron

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CARN

Scope and Contents

Papers mainly comprising correspondence, diaries, articles, speeches, press cuttings and photographs.


  • Creation: 1822 - 1969

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

William John Carron was born in Hull, 19 November 1902, the son of John Carron and Frances Ann Richardson. He was educated at St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School and Hull Technical College. He married Mary Emma McGuire in 1931, with whom he had two daughters.

He was apprenticed to a turner, Messrs Rose, Downs and Thompson Ltd, in Hull, 1918-23, and remained at the firm as a journeyman. He joined the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU), 1924, and first became active in union life when he was elected Branch Secretary, 1932-45. He moved to the maintenance department of Reckitt and Coleman, in Hull, 1935-45, and became a shop steward of the AEU and then the union side's chairman of the works committee, 1941. He was elected District President, 1941-5, and became a full time officer of the AEU as Divisional Organizer, 1945-50. He was Executive Councillor, 1950-6, and President, 1956-67. He moved to south London with his family to be closer to AEU headquarters. He was active in the Labour Party; a member of the General Council of the Trades Union Congress, 1954-68; and a Director of the Bank of England, from 1963.

He retired to Forest Hill, London, 1967, and died on 3 December 1969.

He was appointed a Knight of the Order of Chivalry of St Gregory the Great, 1959, and created a knight, 1963, and a life peer, as Lord Carron of Kingston-upon-Hull, 1967.


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Other Finding Aids

Copies of this collection level description and summary catalogue are available at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, at the National Register of Archives, London. and on the Janus website:

A fuller catalogue is available at Churchill Archives Centre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to Churchill Archives Centre by Lady Carron, via her son-in-law John Weiderman, 1970.


This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, January 2005. The collection was box listed in 1983. Biographical information was obtained from Lord Carron's obituary in "The Times", 5 December 1969; "Who's Who 1897-1996"; and the website of the "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Further catalogue information was added by Andrew Riley in January 2006.


Carron, William John, 1902-1969, Baron Carron of Kingston-upon-Hull, trade unionist

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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