Carlisle Cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of Carlisle in the county of Cumberland.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: None
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

See Carlisle, Cumberland Family History Guide

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

The Cathedral.—This was originally the church of an Augustinian priory, built, in 1011, by Walter the Norman, and endowed by Henry I.; but it has undergone sweeping changes, and great recent restorations. “The cloisters of the priory have disappeared; but the entrancegateway and the fratry or refectory remains. The gateway has a circular arch, with an inscription recording it to have been built by the prior, Christopher Slee. The fratry is lighted on the south side by a row of well proportioned Tudor windows, and adorned on the opposite wall with three niches, surmounted by elegant crocketted canopies; and it contains a curious stone chair, with impanelled foliated ceiling, called the confessional. This is the place in which Edward I. held his parliament, and it is now used as the chapter room. The cathedral is cruciform, and has a square embattled tower, 127 feet high, rising over the intersection of the cross. The nave and the transepts are Norman, narrow and without aisles. Their columns are very massive, each 17½ feet in circumference, and 14 feet 2 inches high. The nave was deprived of about 90 feet of its length in the time of Cromwell, to yield material for the erection of guardhouses and batteries; and the rest of it was afterwards closed with a wall, and fitted up as a parish church. The transepts measure 124 feet in length and 28 feet in width; and the north one is now used as the consistory court. The choir was built at great expense, with vast effort, by aid of money obtained through sale of indulgences and remissions, in the reign of Edward III. Most of it is early English; but the east end is the decorated. Its length is 137 feet; its width, 71 feet; its height, 75 feet. The north side makes a fine appearance to the street, and is divided from the thoroughfare by a new enclosure wall and elegant iron railing, and by a belt of ground with a row of trees. The east end shows rich grandeur of design, with a most magnificent central window, with other windows to correspond, and with bold buttresses, crocketted pinnacles, and gable crosses. The interior is arranged in side aisles and central aisle, with triforium and clerestory. The columns are clustered, and the capitals are adorned with carved figures and flowers. The clerestory has a rich parapet pierced with foliated circles. The great east window, as seen in the interior, has been pronounced by many competent judges the finest decorated window in the kingdom. It measures 60 feet by 30, contains nine lights, and is filled in the head with surpassingly rich flowing tracery. The windows of the side aisles have a corresponding character. A row of beautiful niches appears below them, and is continued all round the walls. A very fine organ, erected in 1856, stands above the entrance to the choir. The stalls are embellished with tabernacle work, in carved oak, black with age. The bishop s throne and the pulpit are modern, and not so rich in design, yet elegant and stately. The screens in the aisles show some curious legendary paintings from the histories of St. Augustine, St. Anthony, and St. Cuthbert. A fine mural monument to Dr. Paley. simply recording his name and age, appears in the north aisle; and monuments to Bishops Bell, Law, Smith, Robinson, Barrow, and other distinguished men, are in other parts. A small chapel, dedicated to St. Catherine, founded and endowed by John de Capella, a citizen of Carlisle, stands in the south aisle, adjoining the transept. The deanery stands within the precincts of the cathedral. It was built by Prior Senhouse, in 1507, and contains a fine apartment used as a drawing room, with a remarkably ornate ceiling in carved emblazoned oak.”

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

The Cathedral, dedicated to St. Mary, is a venerable structure, exhibiting different styles. It was originally cruciform, but the western part was taken down, in 1641, to furnish materials for the erection of a guardhouse; and during the interregnum, part of the nave and conventual buildings was also pulled down, for repairing the walls and the citadel: it has a square embattled central tower, and the east end is decorated with pinnacles rising above the roof. The interior consists of a choir, north and south transepts, and two remaining arches of the nave, walled in at the west end, and used as a parish church. The choir is of decorated English architecture, with large clustered columns enriched by foliage, and pointed arches with a variety of mouldings; the clerestory windows, in the upper part, are filled with rich tracery, and the east end has a lofty window of nine lights, of exquisite workmanship, exhibiting great elegance of composition and harmony of arrangement, which render it superior to almost every other in the kingdom. The aisles are in the early English style, with sharply pointed windows and slender shafted pillars; the remaining portion of the nave, and the south transept, are of Norman architecture, having large massive columns and circular arches, evidently built in the reign of William Rufus. There are monuments to the memory of some of the bishops, and one to Archdeacon Paley, who wrote some of his works while resident in this city, and who, with his two wives, was buried in the cathedral.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

City of Carlisle, Bibliotheca Jacksoniana catalogue Author: Hinds, James Pitcairn

Book of burials, Carlisle cemetery (Cumberland), 1855-1989

Burial board records, 1855-1943 Author: Carlisle (Cumberland)

Monumental inscriptions in the cathedral graveyard, Carlisle

The Monumental inscriptions in the church & churchyard of St. Cuthbert, Carlisle Author: Ferguson, Margaret J.

Monumental inscriptions, Carlisle, Cumberland, England

Monumental inscriptions, Carlisle, Cumberland, England

[Upperby, Cumberland, cemetery record of burials], 1882-1942

Census returns for Carlisle-St. Cuthbert Within, 1871-1891

Census returns for Carlisle-St. Cuthbert Without, 1871-1891

Census returns for Carlisle-St. Mary Within, 1841-1891

The Cathedral Church of Carlisle : a description of its fabric and a brief history of the Episcopal See : with 29 illustrations Author: Eley, C. King

High-minded men : the story of the foundation of Charlotte Street Congregational Church, Carlisle Author: Smith, Harry

Baptisms, 1785-1836 Author: Annetwell Chapel (Carlisle, Cumberland : Independent)

Births and baptisms, 1814-1837 Author: Wesleyan Church. St. Mary (Carlisle, England)

Bishop’s transcripts for Christ Church Carlisle, 1831-1890 Author: Church of England. Christ Church (Carlisle, Cumberland)

Bishop’s transcripts for Holy Trinity Church, Carlisle, 1841-1845 Author: Church of England. Holy Trinity Church (Carlisle, Cumberland)

Bishop’s transcripts for St. Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle, 1666-1899 Author: Church of England. St. Cuthbert’s Church (Carlisle, Cumberland)

Bishop’s transcripts for St. Mary’s Church Carlisle, 1670-1856 Author: Church of England. St. Mary’s Church (Carlisle, Cumberland)

Bishop’s transcripts St. James’ Church, Carlisle, 1863-1876 Author: Church of England. St. James’ Church (Carlisle, Cumberland)

Bishop’s transcripts Upperby, 1846-1889 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Upperby (Cumberland)

Bishop’s transcripts Wreay, 1776-1872 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Wreay (Cumberland)

Church records for Carlisle United Presbytery, 1847-1876 Author: United Presbyterian Church. Carlisle Presbytery (Cumberland, England)

Church records, 1823-1947 Author: Primitive Methodist Church. Carlisle Circuit (Cumberland)

Church records, 1839-1909 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Fisher Street, Carlisle, Cumberland)

Church records, 1867-1918 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Caldewgate, Carlisle, Cumerland)

Church records, 1889-1929 Author: Free Methodist Chapel (Lowther Street, Carlisle, Cumberland)

Church records, 1899-1909 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Church (Union Street, Carlisle, Cumberland)

English Friends records, Cumberland and Northumberland Quarterly meeting : marriages, births and burials, 1648-1729, with supplementary records Author: Cope, Gilbert, 1840-1928

General registers, 1292-1925 Author: Church of England. Diocese of Carlisle. Bishop

Marriages, births and burials, 1701-1821 Author: Society of Friends. Carlisle Monthly Meeting (Cumberlandshire)

The Northern genealogist Author: Gibbons, A.

Parish registers for Holy Trinity Church, Carlisle, 1831-1911 Author: Church of England. Holy Trinity Church (Carlisle, Cumberland)

Parish registers for St. Mary’s Church, Carlisle, 1648-1938 Author: Church of England. St. Mary’s Church (Carlisle, Cumberland)

Parish registers for St. Paul’s Church, Carlisle, 1870-1960 Author: Church of England. St. Paul’s Church (Carlisle, Cumberland)

Parish registers for Upperby, 1846-1930 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Upperby (Cumberland)

Parish registers for Wreay, 1750-1960 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Wreay (Cumberland)

Record of members, 1841-1929 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Newcastle Conference (Northumberland); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Carlisle District (Cumberland)

Record of members, 1843-1869 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Carlisle Conference (Cumberland); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Carlisle Branch (Cumberland)

Record of members, early to 1901 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Carlisle District (Cumberland)

Record of members, early to 1948 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Carlisle Branch (Cumberland)

The register of John de Halton, Bishop of Carlisle, A.D. 1292-1324 Author: Thompson, W. N. (William Nicholson), -1911

The register of the Priory of Wetherhal Author: Prescott, John Eustace

Computer printout of Carlisle, Annetwell Chapel Independent, Cumb., Eng

Computer printout of Carlisle, Carlisle Circuit Wesleyan, Cumb., Eng

Computer printout of Carlisle, Christ Church, Cumb., Eng

Computer printout of Carlisle, Holy Trinity, Cumb., Eng

Computer printout of Carlisle, St. Cuthbert, Cumb., Eng

Computer printout of Carlisle, St. James, Cumb., Eng

Computer printout of Carlisle, St. Mary, Cumberland, England

Computer printout of Wreay by Carlisle, Cumb., Eng

Parish register printouts of Carlisle, Cumberland, England (Christ Church) ; christenings, 1831-1875

Parish register printouts of Carlisle, Cumberland, England (Christ Church) ; marriages, 1854-1877

Parish register printouts of Carlisle, Cumberland, England (Holy Trinity) ; christenings, 1841-1845

Parish register printouts of Carlisle, Cumberland, England (Independent, Annetwell Chapel) ; christenings, 1782-1836

Parish register printouts of Carlisle, Cumberland, England (Saint Cuthbert) ; christenings, 1752-1812

Parish register printouts of Carlisle, Cumberland, England (Saint Cuthbert) ; christenings, 1813-1875

Parish register printouts of Carlisle, Cumberland, England (St. Cuthbert) ; christenings, 1670-1751

Parish register printouts of Carlisle, Cumberland, England (St. Cuthbert) ; marriages, 1752-1862

Parish register printouts of Carlisle, Cumberland, England (Wesleyan, Carlisle Circuit) ; christenings, 1814-1837

Parish register printouts of Carlisle, Cumberland, England, (Saint James), christenings, 1863-1875

Guide to Carlisle and neighborhood Author: McIntire, Walter T.

Arthur’s directory of Carlisle, with a map of the city and suburbs, and a directory of Stanwir, Edentown, Etterby …

Carlisle directory, 1931

The history and antiquities of Carlisle : with an account of the castles, gentleman’s seats, and antiquities, in the vicinity; and biographical memoirs of eminent men connected with the locality Author: Jefferson, Samuel, 1809-1846

A history of Carlisle Author: Towill, Sydney

History of Carlisle, ancient and modern

History, directory and gazetteer of the counties of Cumberland and Westmoreland : with that part of the lake district in Lancashire forming the lordships of Furness and Cartmel, and a history of the Diocese of Carlisle

History, gazetteer and directory of Cumberland : comprising a general survey of the county and a history of the diocese of Carlisle Author: Church of England. Diocese of Carlisle

The register of the Priory of Wetherhal Author: Prescott, John Eustace

Carlisle, Penrith : Brampton, Gretna, Wigton Author: Estate Publications

Church of England parishes in Cumbria : largely based on Wm. Parson and Wm. White, ‘A history, directory, and gazetteer of Cumberland, Westmoreland with Furness and Cartmel, 1829’ Author: Cumbria Archive Service

A Map to illustrate the annals of Carlisle

England, Cumberland, Carlisle : Family Notices, 1817-1897

England, Cumberland, Carlisle : Obituaries, 1817-1897

Wills of Carlisle, Cumberland, 1564-1668

An index of names mentioned in wills proved at Carlisle Consistory Court 1727-1778 : volume 1 1727-1778 Author: Cumbria Family History Society

Admissions of freeman for Carlisle, England, 1765-1835

Cumberland Archives & Family History Groups

Cumbria Archives – covers Cumberland and Westmorland

Cumbria Family History Society

Cumberland

England, Cumbria Parish Registers, 1538-1990

Cumbria BMD

Cumberland ~ Births ~ Marriages ~ Deaths

Cumberland & Westmorland Newspaper Archives

Keswick At War Keswick War Memorial Cumberland History Ww1 Ww2 Boer

Cumberland Document Transcriptions

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977

Census

FreeCen

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911

Occupations

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Administration

  • County: Cumberland
  • Civil Registration District: Carlisle
  • Probate Court: Not Applicable
  • Diocese: Carlisle
  • Rural Deanery: Carlisle
  • Poor Law Union: Not Applicable
  • Hundred: Carlisle City
  • Province: York

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