Old Images of Carlisle, Cumbria

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Old photo of The Market Place, Carlisle, Cumbria, 1890s
Old photo of the Market Place, Carlisle, Cumbria, taken between 1890 and 1900. From the Detroit Publishing Co, now in the Views of England collection at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Glimpse history through old images of Carlisle, in Cumbria, England.

Old Maps of Carlisle

The illustration of Carlisle’s streets and landmarks in an 1806 publication shows only a portion of the city, but with lots of detail about the buildings and structures, and layout of the plots of land.

The map below it shows the city’s layout and streets in 1891.

Old Map of Carlisle 1806
From page 370 of “Magna Britannia; being a concise topographical account of the several counties of Great Britain [With copious illustrations.] vol. 1-6. L.P”, Daniel Lysons, M.A., F.R.S., Samuel Lysons F.R.S. and Matthew Gregson, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies in 1806, British Library archives
Old Map of Carlisle Cumbria England 1891
Old map of Carlisle, from page 644 of “Our own country. Descriptive, historical, pictorial”, published by Cassell in 1891, British Library archives

In the 1850s

By the 1850s, the interest and fascination for England’s historic places had long been recognised, and an increasing number of books and prints brought images of these ancient structures to homes around Britain and beyond.

Old image of Carlisle Cumbria England Published 1850
Old image of Carlisle from page 61 of “The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott, Bart. … With all his introductions and notes, etc [With plates, including a portrait.]” by Sir Walter Scott, published by Robert Cadell in Edinburgh (Scotland) in 1850, thanks to the British Library
Illustration of Carlisle Cemetery 1858
Illustration of Carlisle Cemetery from page 84 of “The Border City. Carlisle and its associations, etc”, published by Geo. Coward in 1858, British Library archives
Carlisle Cathedral 1858
Carlisle Cathedral from page 10 of “The Border City. Carlisle and its associations, etc”, published by Geo. Coward in 1858, British Library archives

The 1880s and 1890s

By the 1880s, the trade in books about history or historical places was well established. Photography was now almost 60 years old, but illustrations still dominated handbooks about places around Britain, even as filmmakers began to record Victorian streets and communities.

But as the twentieth century dawned, photography for commercial distribution was about to take centre stage.

Court Houses Monument and Gaol Carlisle 1880
Court Houses Monument and Gaol Carlisle from page 118 of “Arthur’s Guide to Carlisle … Third edition”, Thomas W. Arthur and George Tuck, published 1880, British Library Archives
Illustration of Carlisle Cumbria England1881
From page 83 of “Historical & Descriptive Guide to Carlisle and district. Originally published as ‘Arthur’s Guide to Carlisle.’ Fourth edition. Revised and extended”, published by A.B.Moss in Carlisle (England), 1881, British Library archives
Old advert Robert Armstrong Silk Mercer Carlisle 1881
Robert Armstrong, Silk Mercer, from page 186 of “Historical & Descriptive Guide to Carlisle and district. Originally published as ‘Arthur’s Guide to Carlisle.’ Fourth edition. Revised and extended”, published by A.B.Moss Carlisle (England) in 1881, British Library archives
Carlisle Cathedral from the South East 1890
Carlisle Cathedral from the South East 1890, illustration from page 30 of “Carlisle Cathedral, Ward and Lock’s Illustrated Historical Handbook to Carlisle Cathedral, etc”, Ward, Lock & Bowden, ltd, 1890, British Library archives
Carlisle Cumbria England 1890
From page 36 of “Carlisle Cathedral, Ward and Lock’s Illustrated Historical Handbook to Carlisle Cathedral, etc”, Ward, Lock & Bowden, ltd, 1890, British Library archives
Illustration of Carlisle Cumbria 1890
From page 10 of “Carlisle Cathedral, Ward and Lock’s Illustrated Historical Handbook to Carlisle Cathedral, etc” Ward, Lock & Bowden, ltd, 1890, British Library archives
Illustration of The Castle Gate Carlisle in 1890
Illustration of The Castle Gate Carlisle in 1890 from page 12 of “Carlisle Cathedral, Ward and Lock’s Illustrated Historical Handbook to Carlisle Cathedral, etc” by Ward, Lock & Bowden, ltd, 1890, British Library archives
Carlisle Cathedral coloured illustration 1890 England
From page 6 of “Ward and Lock’s Illustrated Historical Handbook to Carlisle Cathedral, etc”, Ward, Lock & Bowden, ltd, 1890, British Library archives
Coloured illustration of Carlisle Cathedral 1890 England
From page 19 of Ward and Lock’s Illustrated Historical Handbook to Carlisle Cathedral, etc”, by Ward, Lock & Bowden, ltd, 1890, British Library archives
Illustration of The Market Place Carlisle 1890 England
The Market Place Carlisle from page 11 of “Ward and Lock’s Illustrated Historical Handbook to Carlisle Cathedral, etc”, published by Ward, Lock & Bowden, ltd in 1890; British Library archives
Illustration from Historic Handbook Carlisle 1890
“Carlisle Cathedral” From page 36 of “Ward and Lock’s Illustrated Historical Handbook to Carlisle Cathedral, etc”, by Ward, Lock & Bowden, ltd, in London (England) in 1890, British Library archives
Carlisle Cathedral 1890s
Photomechanical print of Carlisle Cathedral taken between 1890-1900, Detroit Publishing Company Views of England collection, now in Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division

Market Place in the 1890s

The next image, and the two closeups, are of the 1890s photo of Carlisle’s town centre. There is so much activity going on and the buildings are beautifully ornate, that it justifies a pause to admire this moment from the past.

Old photo of The Market Place, Carlisle, Cumbria, 1890s
Old photo of the Market Place, Carlisle, Cumbria, taken between 1890 and 1900. From the Detroit Publishing Co, now in the Views of England collection at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
old photo of the Market Place, Carlisle, Cumbria, 1890s in closeup
Closeup of an old photo of the Market Place, Carlisle, Cumbria, taken between 1890 and 1900. From the Detroit Publishing Co, now in the Views of England collection at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
old photo of the Market Place, Carlisle, Cumbria, 1890s in closeup
Closeup of an old photo of the Market Place, Carlisle, Cumbria, taken between 1890 and 1900. From the Detroit Publishing Co, now in the Views of England collection at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Old Postcards of Carlisle

Old postcard of English Street Carlisle Cumbria England
Old postcard of English Street, Carlisle, from Mark Crombie’s extensive postcard collection on Flikr
Old blurry postcard of Carlisle Castle Cumbria England
Old blurry postcard of Carlisle Castle, one of Mark Crombie’s extensive collection of vintage postcards on Flikr
Old Postcard of Pleasure Land Upperby Carlisle Cumbria England
Old Postcard of Pleasure Land, Upperby, in Carlisle, thanks to Mark Crombie on Flikr

YouTube channel 0ldcarlisle uploaded a montage of vintage postcards showing Carlisle in the past.

“Postcards from Old Carlisle” – 0ldcarlisle on YouTube

Old Pubs of Carlisle

YouTube channel Know Where You Walk uploaded this video showing Carlisle pubs in the past.

Know Where You Walk Carlisle Pubs” – Know Where You Walk on YouTube

YouTube channel ‘Know Where You Walk’ used synchronised layered imagery to show Carlisle in times gone by.

Carlisle Past & Present Part 1″ Know Where You Walk on YouTube

A video montage from Know Where You Walk, comparing Carlisle’s past and present.

“Know Where You Walk Carlisle 5” – Know Where You Walk on YouTube

YouTube channel daverobe1 uploaded a promotional film for the history DVD Carlisle 2, Turning Back Time.

“Carlisle 2, Turning Back Time 2″ – daverobe1 on YouTube

Youtube channel Zigatone uploaded a montage of old photos of Carlisle.

“CARLISLE CUMBRIA UK – old photos & soundtrack” – Zigatone on YouTube

This video shows a number of Carlisle settings in the old days compared against the same locations today. 

“Old Carlisle. Then and Now part 2″ 

A montage of Carlisle’s past and present, made by YouTube channel 0ldcarlisle.

“Carlisle.. Then and Now” – 0ldcarlisle on YouTube

Edwardian Denton Holme

The Huntley Film Archives collection contains a short film from 1911. It records the workers of Denton Holme, an inner city area of Carlisle in Cumbria. 

The streets are bustling with people, with the occasional bicycle and horse and cart. 

Because the men, women and children were curious about the filming, their faces and clothing are captured clearly for posterity. For the majority, this would be the only time in their lives they were filmed.

Workers of Dentonholme, Carlisle 1911, Archive film 977.. – HuntleyFilmArchives on YouTube

Prince Philip Visit 1958

This film from British Movietone records the 1958 Royal Visit of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to Carlisle. Queen Elizabeth II was unable to attend because of illness, so was represented by her husband.

After arriving by royal train, Prince Philip was greeted at Carlisle station by a number of local dignatories including:

  • Colonel Sir Robert Chance,  BA, JP, Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland – who in 1944 donated Chances Park to the City of Carlisle
  • Councillor Irving Burrow, the Mayor of Carlisle

Prince Philip was then driven in an open car through the streets to a formal ceremony where he received flowers from a young girl called Pauline Farish. Then there was a historical procession, with local people parading in a range of costumes. Some even appeared on horseback. 

He then visited the Mitre Hotel for lunch with the city council.

In the afternoon, a childrens’ event took place at Bitts Park.

Many people turned out to cheer the royal visitor in all the locations shown.

Royal Visit to Carlisle – 1958″ – British Movietone on YouTube

Building the Marshalling Yard 1961

Between 1959 and 1963, a new marshalling yard was built in Carlisle as part of the British Rail modernisation programme. Marshalling yards were used to separate wagons and allow a change of crew at a time when freight was commonly transported by rail. 

British Pathé recorded some of the building activity in 1961. Several of the men are seen working.

Marshalling Yards Under Construction – Carlisle (1961)” – British Pathé on YouTube

Settle Carlisle Railway 1964

This film, part of the HuntleyFilmArchives collection, won a ‘Ten Best Award’ organised by the magazine Amateur Cine World in 1964. The Awards show was presented at the National Film Theatre, for which an 18 minute extract of this film was created and screened.

It brought the now famous Settle to Carlisle line to national attention at a time when it was little known outside the region.

“Film about the railways and it’s enthusiasts, 1960’s – Film 5869” – HuntleyFilmArchives on YouTube

The whole line from Settle to Carlisle via Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ribblehead, Dent, Garsdale, Kirkby Stephen West, Appleby, Appleby West, Culgaith, Armathwaite, and Cotehill was recorded on a 16mm Bolex camera. 

Station buildings and local communities appear and are commented on. Also included are diesel train, steam trains and a steam crane. 

Hadrian’s Camp in the Early 1960s

Hadrian’s Camp in Houghton, near Carlisle, was a military basic training camp opened at the start of the Second World War. It had a gymnasium, teaching blocks, a cook house, baths and approximately 120 huts on site. The camp was closed in 1969.

In the early 1960s footage of the Hadrian’s Camp parade ground practice – known as Square Bashing – was recorded. The film is now held by the HuntleyFilmArchives, who have uploaded it to YouTube.

“Square Bashing in the early 1960’s. Archive film 97069” – HuntleyFilmArchives on YouTube

Carlisle Railway Station 1960s

YouTube channel agdenyer uploaded this 1960s 8mm cine film, which includes shots of Carlisle Kingmoor MPD (Motor Power Depot) and Carlisle Station.

“British Railways Steam 1960’s Carlisle Station & Kingmoor MPD” – agdenyer on YouTube

Settle Carlisle Railway in 1967

Filmed in 1967, this footage shows the train journey from Skipton to Carlisle via Settle, Ribblehead (the viaduct still had two tracks), Ais Gill summit and Appleby, as seen from the  Driver’s Cab of a Diesel Multiple Unit train.

The SETTLE & CARLISLE line from a DMU CAB in 1967″ on YouTube

Carlisle Power Station

Back in the late 1960s or early 1970s, the Carlisle power station was captured on a cine film home movie. It was uploaded by YouTube channel doctordiesel77.

Carlisle power station” – doctordiesel77 on YouTube

Carlisle in the Early 1980s

This footage from Tony Marshall shows the city in the early 1980s, possibly 1982 or 1983. 

“Carlisle – early 80s. Lanes demolished + panorama from top of Civic Centre” – Tony Marshall on YouTube

Carlisle’s Buses 1988

YouTube channel DaveSpencer32 uploads videos from across the UK showing bus transport from the past few decades. This footage shows buses travelling about in the city back in 1988.

“CARLISLE BUSES 1988” – DaveSpencer32 on YouTube

Settle Carlisle Railway in the 1980s

Back in the 1980s popular TV presenter Harry Secombe visited the Settle to Carlisle Railway. YouTube channel ageofthe train has uploaded the footage.

“Harry Secombe on the Settle Carlisle Railway 1980s” – ageofthe train on YouTube

Carlisle Railway Station 1989

This footage from Felixjaz shows the city’s railway station in 1989. 

“47570 + 87021 at Carlisle Station in 1989” – Felixjaz on YouTube

Carlisle Scooter Club 1980s/90s

This photo montage was uploaded by YouTube channel davemicjack. It shows members of the Carlisle Scooter Club in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

“Carlisle Scooter Club late 80’s+early nineties” – davemicjack on YouTube

YouTube channel davemicjack uploaded a second video montage of photos showing the Carlisle Scooter Club in the late 1980s and early 1990s. 

“Carlisle scooter club Part 2” – davemicjack on YouTube

Carlisle’s Trains in the Early 1990s

RailwayTV’s trailer shows a number of passenger and freight trains working in the area in 1990-1993. Customers can order higher quality DVD and Blu Ray discs of the full film.

“UK No 5 Rails around Carlisle 1990 – 1993 by Rail Rover UK – railway video” – RailwayTV’s on YouTube

River Eden 2009

It’s estimated that the Cumbrian floods of 2009 caused £276m of damage.

YouTube channel naturearoundme caught the moment the River Eden in Carlisle was running very close to the outer flood defences.

“Flooding in Carlisle, Cumbria – Nov 2009” – naturearoundme on YouTube

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