St Cuthbert's Church, Carlisle
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 14th century stained glass and Sir Walter Scott connection
HistoryUnusually, the church is not oriented on an east-west axis. Rather it stands beside the old Roman road north out of Carlisle (now Blackfriars Street and the A6). The church layout might seem a minor detail, but it suggests that the building was founded at an extremely early date, perhaps even before St Cuthbert came to Carlisle in AD 685.
In the lobby is a framed page from the church registry recording the marriage here on 24 December, 1797 between novelist Sir Walter Scott and Charlotte Carpenter. The couple were actually married in St Mary's, a church built within the nave of Carlisle Cathedral, but later torn down. St Mary's records were transferred to St Cuthbert's when the former church was demolished.
VisitingSt Cuthberts is usually open daylight hours. It is located just a few minutes walk from the Cathedral, in the historic centre of Carlisle. It is well worth a visit, even f just to see the contrast between the medieval cathedral and the very Georgian interiors of St Cuthberts.
About St Cuthbert, Carlisle
Address: St Cuthbert's Lane, Blackfriars Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, England, CA3 8UF
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: A very short walk from the cathedral, off Blackfriars Street. Car parking very close by on West Walls. Usually open daily for visitors.
Website: St Cuthbert, Carlisle
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Carlisle Cathedral - 0.1 miles (Cathedral)
Carlisle Guildhall Museum - 0.1 miles (Museum)
Tullie House Museum - 0.1 miles (Museum)
Carlisle Castle - 0.3 miles (Castle)
Warwick on Eden, St Leonard's Church - 4.2 miles (Historic Church)
Wetheral, Holy Trinity & St Constantine Church - 4.3 miles (Historic Church)
Wetheral Priory Gatehouse - 4.4 miles (Abbey)
Wreay, St Mary's Church - 5.1 miles (Historic Church)
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