On 4th April, all of Year 5 and 6 visited Carlisle as part of our Border Reivers topic. We visited Carlisle Castle where we were told a story about how the Scottish and English fought over the borders and stole from each other. Then we were shown the dungeons where the prisoners were held. Up to 100 prisoners were thrown into a small room with no windows or toilets. Yuk! We saw the licking stone, which was a sandstone section of the dungeon which was porous and let water through it. It was worn down from the licking of the prisoners! We were shown a Border Reivers kitchen and we discussed what city life was like in those days. Some of the rules in the town included: no pigs allowed to wander the streets; the city gate to be locked at 9pm and no one allowed into the city after that time. We learnt a lot of facts about the Border Reivers from visiting the castle and this built onto our knowledge from school.
Carlisle Castle - The Border Reivers
Standing strongly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle was a constantly updated working fortress until well within living memory. Now its rich and varied visitor attractions reflect its long and eventful history. Even before the medieval castle was begun, this site was an important Roman fortress. Today, the castle still plays a prominent role in Cumbria as one of its best loved landmarks. With Border Reivers tours, the picnic area, a unique gift shop and being so close to Hadrian's Wall, the castle makes for a full family day out.