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Nicknamed the Great Border City ,  Carlisle today is the main cultural, commercial and industrial centre for north Cumbria. It is home to the main campuses of the University of Cumbria and a variety of museums and heritage centres.
What is known of the ancient history of Carlisle is derived mainly from archaeological evidence and the works of the Roman historian Tacitus. The earliest recorded inhabitants were the Carvetii tribe of Britons who made up the main population of ancient Cumbria and North Lancashire.
In the time of the emperor Nero , it was said to have burned down. In 79, the two Roman generals Gnaeus Julius Agricola and Quintus Petillius Cerialis advanced through Solway as they continued their campaign further north. This is possibly indicated from the reconstruction of the fort at Carlisle in 83 using oak timbers from further afield, rather than local alder.
By the early 2nd century, Carlisle was established as a prominent stronghold. The 'Stanegate' frontier, which consisted of Luguvalium and several other forts in a line east to Corbridge , was proving a more stable frontier against the Picts than those established deeper into Caledonia.
In , the province was visited by Hadrian , who approved a plan to build a wall the length of the frontier. A new fort, Petriana , was built at Carlisle in the Stanwix area of the city north of the river. It was the largest fort along the length of Hadrian's Wall and was completed in stone by around Like Luguvalium, which lay within sight, Petriana housed a 1,strong cavalry regiment, the Ala Gallorum Petriana , the sole regiment of this size along the wall.
Hadrian's successor Antoninus Pius abandoned the frontier and attempted to move further north; he built the Antonine Wall between the firths of Forth and Clyde. It was not a success and, after 20 years, the garrisons returned to Hadrian's Wall. Until , the Roman occupation fluctuated in importance. He was assassinated and suffered damnatio memoriae , but a surviving reference to him has been uncovered in Carlisle. Coins excavated in the area suggest that Romans remained in Carlisle until the reign of Emperor Valentinian II , from to The period of late antiquity after Roman rule saw Cumbria organised as the native British kingdom of Rheged.
It is likely that the kingdom took its name from a major stronghold within it; this has been suggested to have been broadly coterminous with the Civitas Carvetiorum , Carlisle.
Their capital has been identified as the Cair Ligualid listed by Nennius among the 28 cities of Britain,  which later developed into Caer -luel  , whence the city's modern Welsh name Caerliwelydd. Rheged came under Northumbrian control before , probably by inheritance after Rienmelth, daughter of Royth and great-granddaughter of Urien, married Oswy , King of Northumbria. For the rest of the first millennium, Carlisle was an important stronghold contested by several entities who warred over the area, including the Brythonic Kingdom of Strathclyde and the Anglian kingdom of Northumbria.
In , St Cuthbert, visiting the Queen of Northumbria in her sister's monastery at Carlisle, was taken to see the city walls and a marvellously constructed Roman fountain.
By the time of the Norman conquest in , Carlisle was part of Scotland. It was not recorded in the Domesday Book. This changed in , when William the Conqueror 's son William Rufus invaded the region and incorporated Cumberland and Carlisle into England. The construction of Carlisle Castle began in on the site of the Roman fort, south of the River Eden. The castle was rebuilt in stone in , with a keep and the city walls.
The walls enclosed the city south of the castle and included three gates to the west, south, and east called the Irish or Caldew Gate, the English or Botcher Gate, and the Scotch Gate respectively. The names of the gates exist in road names in Carlisle today. Carlisle Cathedral was built in The conquest of Cumberland was the beginning of a war between Scotland and England which saw the region centred around Carlisle change hands a number of times.
It was a major stronghold after the construction of the castle. During the wars, the livelihood of the people on the borders was devastated by armies from both sides. Even when the countries were not at war, tension remained high, and royal authority in one or the other kingdom was often weak. The uncertainty of existence meant that communities or peoples kindred to each other sought security through their own strength and cunning, and they improved their livelihoods at their enemies' expense.
These peoples were known as the Border Reivers and Carlisle was the major city within their territories. The Reivers became so much of a nuisance to the Scottish and English governments that, in , the Archbishop of Glasgow Gavin Dunbar cursed all the reivers of the borderlands. The curse was detailed in 1, words, beginning: The borderers were not quick to change their ways and many were hanged and whole families were exiled to Ireland.
It was not until that the problem of the reivers was acknowledged as no longer an issue. Following the personal union of the crowns Carlisle Castle should have become obsolete as a frontier fortress, but the two kingdoms continued as separate states. In , with war between the two kingdoms looming, the castle was refortified using stone from the cathedral cloisters.
It endured a long siege from October until June when the Royalist forces surrendered after the Battle of Naseby. The city was occupied by a parliamentary garrison, and subsequently by their Scots allies. In , the Scots, now holding Carlisle pending payment of monies owed them by the English Parliament, improved its fortifications, destroying the cathedral's nave to obtain the stone to rebuild the castle.
In travel writer Celia Fiennes wrote of Carlisle as having most of the trappings of a military town and was rife with alcohol and prostitutes. In an act of union was passed between England and Scotland, creating Great Britain , and Carlisle ceased to be a frontier town. Carlisle remained a garrison town. The tenth, and most recent siege in the city's history took place after Charles Edward Stuart took Carlisle in the Jacobite Rising of When the Jacobites retreated across the border to Scotland they left a garrison of men in Carlisle Castle.
Ten days later Prince William, Duke of Cumberland took the castle and executed 31 Jacobites on the streets of Carlisle. Although Carlisle continued to garrison soldiers, becoming the headquarters of the Border Regiment , the city's importance as a military town decreased as the industrial age took over. The post of Governor of Carlisle as garrison commander was abolished in In the early 19th century textile mills, engineering works and food manufacturers built factories in the city mostly in the Denton Holme , Caldewgate and Wapping suburbs in the Caldew Valley.
Shaddon Mill , in Denton Holme, became famous for having the worlds 8th tallest chimney and was the largest cotton mill in England. The expanding industries brought about an increase in population as jobs shifted from rural farms towards the cities.
This produced a housing shortage where at one point 25, people in the city only had 5, houses to live in. People were said to be herded together with animal houses, slaughter houses and communal lavatories with open drains running between them. Living conditions were so bad that riots were common and some people emigrated.
The problem wasn't solved until the end of the 19th century when mass housing was built west of the city walls. In a canal was built to Fisher's Cross Port Carlisle to transport goods produced in the city. This enabled other industrial centres such as Liverpool to link with Carlisle via the Solway. This was short-lived and when the canal operators ran into financial difficulty the waterway was filled in. Carlisle became a major railway centre on the West Coast Main Line with connections to the east.
At one time seven companies used Carlisle Citadel railway station. Before the building of the Citadel railway station the city had several other railway stations, including London Road railway station. Carlisle had the largest railway marshalling yard in Europe, Kingmoor , which, reduced in size, is operational and used by railfreight companies.
The Strand Road drill hall opened in At the start of the 20th century, the population had grown to over 45, Transport was improved by the City of Carlisle Electric Tramways from until , and the first cinema was built in In , the boundaries of Carlisle were extended to include Botcherby in the east and Stanwix in the north.
Carlisle was subject to the decline in the textile industry experienced throughout Britain as new machinery made labour unnecessary. In , during the First World War , the government took over the public houses and breweries in Carlisle because of drunkenness among construction and munitions workers from the munitions factory at Gretna.
This experiment nationalised brewing. During the Second World War, Carlisle hosted over 5, evacuees, many of whom arrived from Newcastle upon Tyne and the surrounding towns.
In the s and s the first council houses were built in the city, many of them in the Raffles suburb to the west of the city. Initially Raffles contained the most sought after housing in the city by council tenants. A report from April in The Independent on Sunday branded the estate a no-go area. One resident was reported to have said "If you've got a problem in Raffles, get a shotgun". A shopping centre including a new central library was built to the east and north-east of the market cross and opened in Carlisle city centre was pedestrianised in The city's police and fire stations were flooded along with Brunton Park football stadium.
The police, fire service and Carlisle United F. At the time of the flood emergency services also had to respond to cases of car-related arson in the city. Carlisle is the only city in Cumbria. The city centre is largely pedestrianised and the Lanes shopping centre is home to around 75 stores.
Carlisle has a compact historic centre with a castle , cathedral and semi-intact city walls , as well as other medieval buildings including the Guildhall and Tithe Barn. The former law courts or citadel towers which until also served as offices for Cumbria County Council were designed by Thomas Telford , with the eastern tower incorporating part of the 16th century building.
Old Town Hall with extension . Carlisle Market Cross, . The Tithe Barn, s . Carlisle has held city status since the Middle Ages and a borough constituency or parliamentary borough for centuries, at one time returning two MPs. In it became a municipal borough which was promoted to county borough status in The city's boundaries have changed several times since the final time in when under the Local Government Act the city and county borough merged with the Border Rural District to become the new enlarged City of Carlisle , a non-metropolitan district of Cumbria.
The municipal borough contained several civil parishes or parts of parishes but these were merged into a single civil parish of Carlisle in The present day urban area is classed as an unparished area except for the fringes which are in Stanwix Rural , Kingmoor and St Cuthbert Without parishes.
Carlisle unsuccessfully applied to become a Lord Mayoralty in An iconic building and tallest in Carlisle, it may be demolished and the surrounding area regenerated.
The current member of Parliament is John Stevenson — Conservative. Carlisle elects 12 county councillors to the Cumbria County Council. Carlisle is governed by a district council , Carlisle City Council and as of the election the Labour party has a majority on the council. Carlisle is situated on a slight rise, in the Cumberland Ward , at the confluence of the rivers Eden , Caldew and Petteril.
In January Carlisle was hit by strong gales and heavy rain, and on Saturday 8 January all roads into Carlisle were closed owing to severe flooding , the worst since , which caused three deaths. During this time, nearly 36 hours of incessant rainfall breached flood defences and left several areas submerged - including Bitts Park, Hardwicke Circus and Warwick Road.
This left the famous Sands Centre and the nearby Shell petrol station and Bitts Park , marooned from the rest of the city. As several other areas of Cumbria were also badly affected particularly Appleby and Wigton , all trains to Scotland were postponed indefinitely, with trains on the West Coast Mainline going no further than Preston, as nearby Lancaster suffered flooding and problems with electricity supply.
Prime Minister David Cameron visited the city on 7 December to assess the damage, having earlier called an emergency Cobra meeting. In the north of Carlisle are the suburbs of Kingstown, Lowry Hill and Moorville, formerly part of the parish of Kingmoor.
The parish of Stanwix Rural exists but only includes a small part of Carlisle's urban area, Whiteclosegate. To the immediate south of Stanwix is the River Eden. In the past industry flourished on the banks of the River Caldew, especially Denton Holme and Caldewgate on the west bank and Wapping, around the former Metal Box works, on the east.
The eastern side of the city centre developed in the 19th century into a more affluent area along the main A69 road. It links with the former village of Botcherby to which a large council estate was added in the midth century and later still Durranhill Housing Estate. The Botchergate East area until recently had older slum dwellings. To the south west of Botchergate and St Nicholas are the former villages now suburbs of Upperby and Currock.
The urban area spills over the former county borough boundary into Blackwell and Durdar in the civil parish of St Cuthbert Without. Adjoining Harraby to the south but outside the former borough boundary is the hamlet of Carleton.
Many trunk roads begin or terminate in Carlisle, including the A6 to Penrith and Luton historically the main road to the south [ citation needed ] , the A to western Cumbria, the A69 to Newcastle upon Tyne and the A7 to Edinburgh.
Traffic in the Carlisle area, especially at rush hour, is a significant problem and in a bypass opened to take traffic from west Cumbria heading to the M6 away from the city centre. Carlisle railway station is a principal station on the West Coast Main Line. Following the flooding of Carlisle bus depot on 8 January Stagecoach announced the purchase of a fleet of low-floor buses for Carlisle city routes.
These were launched on 30 June , with "Carlisle Citi" branding, and most buses carry route branding for individual routes both internally and externally. In locally based coach operator Reay's started a City Hopper bus services on routes formerly operated by Stagecoach but has since expanded with similar routes to Stagecoach and also connects parts of the city that previously did not have a service.
The bus station, of seven stands and a travel centre is situated on Drury Lane just off Lonsdale Street in the city centre. The present station was built in the s to replace a larger station that was partially on the same site and had access from Lowther Street where the Earls Lane shopping area is now.
Carlisle became an industrial city in the 19th and early 20th centuries with many textile mills, engineering works and food manufacturers opening up mostly in the Denton Holme , Caldewgate and Wapping areas which lie in the Caldew Valley area of Carlisle. One such manufacturer located in the Denton Holme area was Ferguson Printers, a large textile printing factory that had stood for many years before its unfortunate closure in the early s. In the early 19th century, a canal was dug connecting Caldewgate with the sea at Port Carlisle.
The canal was later filled in and became a railway line. Cowans Sheldon originated in the city in the mid 19th century and became one of the world's most important railway and marine engineering firms, manufacturing finally ceased in Carlisle in The Carr's and Metal Box factories are still going. The construction firm of John Laing and Story Construction. The hauliers Eddie Stobart Logistics who were founded in nearby Hesket Newmarket and were once part of the Stobart Group , had their HQ in Carlisle, although they no longer have their HQ in Carlisle they still employ staff in the city.
The London Road site closed in with the loss of almost jobs as production was transferred to the nearby Eastern Way site or other factories around the UK. Carlisle also became a major railway centre with at one time 7 different companies using Carlisle Citadel railway station.
Prior to the building of the Citadel railway station, Carlisle had several railway stations, including London Road railway station. There are various light industrial estates and business parks located on the fringes of Carlisle and on former industrial sites close to the city centre.
The largest being the Kingstown Industrial Estate, which is located just off the A7 road near to the M6 motorway. On 28 March Carlisle was granted Fairtrade City status. Carlisle College is the further education establishment based in the town. The secondary schools within the city of Carlisle are: Other secondary schools in the wider Carlisle district are:
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