Carlisle Cathedral, Cumberland

Full Dedication: Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity
Became a Cathedral in 1133

Carlisle Cathedral, as would be expected in such a notoriously violent border City, has had a tough old time of it since the Augustinian Monastery here became a Cathedral in 1133. In 1292 a fire destroyed most of Carlisle town, taking the monastery and the newly built choir with it. In the Civil War a good deal of the Cathedral was damaged and parts of the Norman Nave were torn down to rebuild Carlisle Castle. In the nineteenth century the Nave was shortened again, this time to only two bays, and Carlisle is unique amongst English Cathedrals (of classic design) by having virtually no nave at all!

The East Window is Carlisle's pride and is the largest in England.  Sir Walter Scott was married here in 1797.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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