Carr's Milling - Our Story



Jonathan Dodgson Carr was a remarkable man, with a life shaped by hard work, thrift and a pioneering spirit. Son of a Quaker grocer, he set off to walk from his home in Kendal to Carlisle, determined to be a success and contribute to the life of the nation.

Within 15 years Carr's of Carlisle had become one of the largest baking businesses in Britain. A champion of good causes, he was a vigorous campaigner against slavery and the Corn Laws.

In 1836 he started milling flour for his famous Table Water biscuit factory, and was the first person to recognise the benefits of high quality Canadian wheat, which we now import direct to our dock on the Cumbrian coast at Silloth.

Immortalised in Margaret Forster's book of the Carr family, Rich Desserts and Captain's Thin, Jonathan Dodgson Carr’s spirit of innovation is very much alive in our company today.

Over the years we have created a range of flours for the discerning baker, including some specially formulated for use in an automatic breadmaker.

Breadmakers offer an extremely quick and convenient way of making homemade bread, with all the extra flavour, aroma and associated health the simple pleasure of easy bread making.

Carr's history - The Ideal Brown Bread

Milled in the UK by Carr's Flour Mills Limited,
Solway Mills, Silloth, Cumbria CA7 4AJ