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Carlisle Cathedral Cumbria
Carlisle Cathedral Cumbria

 

Location:
OS ref
NY 399559
Sheet 89.
In Carlisle city
centre in the N
of the County.

Nearest
Town:

Carlisle
Built on the site of an earlier (possibly 8th century) church, the present building had rather smaller beginnings dating back to 1102 when by order of Henry I a new church was built for the people of Carlisle. In 1123 Henry had the church rebuilt and it became a Priory, and in 1133 upgraded to a Cathedral. The increase in status may have been for political reasons. The Cathedral was run by Augustinian Canons under Carlisle's first Bishop Adelulf of Nostell. This was a time of great building activity and Carlisle was established as a place of importance.

The Cathedral was badly damaged by fire in 1292. Much rebuilding took place as a result, and gifts of money for this purpose were still being received as late as 1362. In 1297 Robert Bruce swore his allegiance to the English Crown in the Cathedral in front of King Edward I. The Cathedral's history is bound up with that of Carlisle which is as you would expect since it is in the centre of the city just off the main square.

This is a charming group of buildings and should be visited when in the area: the interior is particularly pleasant.

 

 

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