St. Cuthbert with St.Mary's Church, Carlisle, England

INTRODUCTION

Recently I had time to spare whilst in Carlisle, NW England and in course of a 'walkabout' came across a most delightful Anglican church which dates from 1778..

The core of the information herein has been sourced from the 'Explore Churches' website.


 Church interior looking west

OVERVIEW

A fine example of a Georgian church, complete with balcony as well as interesting stained glass windows depicting the life of St Cuthbert and a moving pulpit, the only one of its type in the country.

Church interior looking east
 

PARTICULAR FEATURES

  • Believed to have been dedicated by St Cuthbert, this is the fourth church on this site.
  • The city has seen siege, rebellion, Border Reivers, but the church has remained as a quiet sanctuary for the people of Carlisle. When Oliver Cromwell closed the Cathedral Church in 1645, the Mayor and Corporation made St Cuthberts the Civic Church, and so it remains.
  • Despite its city centre location, the church, open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, is quiet and a great place to come for some peaceful time.
  • The internal monuments are of interest and mention the exploits of Captain Mounsey of the Royal Navy. There are also memorials to the Dixon or Thurnhams families, both prominent industrialists of the city.
  • The moving pulpit is a special feature, made in 1904 by apprentices of Carlisle based business Cowan and Sheldon, crane makers of international repute.
  • The Church stands not east-west but square to the Roman Road north through Carlisle (the A6, in town Blackfriars St). It is therefore of early foundation, perhaps before St Cuthbert's visit to Carlisle in 685.

Altar decorated for Harvest Festival

IMAGES

The images in this post were all taken just prior to the annual harvest festival celebration.

LOCATION

Close to the city centre at Blackfrairs Street, CA3 8AQ. Access on foot.


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