We visited the Carlisle Cathedral where we were given a guided tour by Mrs Bumfrey. She was very knowledgeable and has worked in the cathedral for many years. She told us that the cathedral was 823 years old! We imagined just how many people had been through its doors over that time! We saw the detailed arches and compared the ages of them; the older arches were semicircular and the newer arches had points at the top. We were lucky enough to sit in the priests’ chairs and look at the detailed carving beneath them. Finally, we visited the treasury where all of the precious items belonging to the Cathedral were looked after. We were very lucky to have the chance to visit this precious and ancient building.
Located in the far North of England, Carlisle is just a few miles from the Scottish border. This city has had a very turbulent history. The Romans built a wall through it, Vikings invaded it and the Scots and English fought over it for many years. The Cathedral, founded in 1122 and battered by centuries of warfare, was built for the glory of God, and services have been said and sung daily in it for nearly 900 years.