The Cracker Packers
The Cracker Packers
The Cracker Packers
The Cracker Packers
The Cracker Packers
The Cracker Packers
The Cracker Packers

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Positioned atop a bronze Carr's Table Water Biscuit stand two women, suspended in a scene of jovial conversation. These women are Carr's factory workers, yet the conversation represented is an impossible one, each woman being from a different time in the factory's history. On the left-hand side is a modern female factory worker, distinguished by her modern dress in comparison to her companion, who is clad in a more traditional factory uniform.

Imbued with an endearing sense of humour the statue, (privately funded by pladis, Sainsburys and the author Hunter Davies), is a delightful addition to Caldewgate, yet it is more than superficial in its message. Unveiled on National Woman's Day the sculpture's status as created by a female sculptor and depicting female figures creates an important touchstone for the advance of feminism and recognition of the female workforce as well as for the history of Carr's factory.

The Cracker Packers




bronze & granite


H 150 x W (?) x D (?) cm (E)

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Unveiling date

8th March 2018


at all times

Inscription description

gold inlay on granite pedestal: Cracker Packers


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Located at

Bridge Street, Carlisle


Located at the junction with John Street, adjacent to the bus stop.