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Carlisle Cathedral

Charlotte Fairbairn

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 332 9

    Size: 250 x 210 mm

    Binding: Paperback

    Pages: 40

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    Date published: November, 2020

    Date published: February, 2021

    UK £7.95 /US $9.95


  • Engaging text explaining how the building has been shaped by dramatic historical events
  • Stunning new photography
  • Colourful stories of people connected with the cathedral over 900 years


Carlisle Cathedral was founded by Henry I in 1122 as an Augustinian priory. Sited on the cusp of north and south, it has seen many years of rivalry and unrest. A living embodiment of northern resilience, its ancient red sandstone walls have been damaged by fire and vandalism, then repaired and rebuilt many times over the centuries. The cathedral today shelters a bustling precinct at the heart of the city.

This beautifully illustrated guidebook reveals the dramatic history that shaped this great building and the treasures to be found inside, from memorials to glass, paintings and woodwork, and the people who have been part of its history over almost 900 years.

Author information

Award-winning writer and exhibition curator Charlotte Fairbairn has worked in the arts, politics and journalism.