Church Building History

The National Churches Trust describes our church ….

Wildlife haven

Spectacular stained glass

National heritage here

Magnificent memorials

Glorious furnishings

Fascinating churchyard

Famous connections

Enchanting atmosphere

Captivating architecture

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.

Look around the internal monuments and read about the exploits of Captain Mounsey of the Royal Navy or the 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.

You can find the significant historical architectural features on the Historic England website