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Carlisle Bishops Tower

In the civil parish of Carlisle.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY398559
Latitude 54.89449° Longitude -2.93921°

Carlisle Bishops Tower has been described as a certain Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The Bishop's Tower was thought to have stood at the West side of the Cathedral precincts, and was built sometime in the 14th century. There were a number of Bishops of Carlisle during the 14th century: John de Halton, William Ayremyn, John Ross, John Kirkby, John Horncastle, Gilbert Welton, Thomas Appleby, Robert Reed and Thomas Merke.....any one of which could have been responsible for the building of the tower.
The tower was still standing in 1620, but was definitely gone by 1640, possibly demolished along with other redundant priory buildings. An inventory of Cathedral buildings dating from 1571, lists "for the Busshopp In the the Kytching and larder", a mention that Perriam and Robinson state, shows that the tower was in use at this time.
No archaeological investigations in the Cathedral precincts have located the exact position of this long lost tower. (Matthew Emmott 2014)

C14 tower probably demolished in 1640 with most of Carlisle Priory buildings, probably stood in western range of cloisters. Sometimes confused with Priors tower and assumed to be same.
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