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The Fratry

The Fratry 2019

A new chapter in our 900-year history is taking shape as we work to bring the Fratry building back to life - the most significant development at Carlisle Cathedral in living memory.

This vital work will realise the Cathedral’s vision to be a place of discovery, celebration, challenge and opportunity, bringing the building into full use by creating spaces for teaching and learning, cultural activity and use by the community. 

Fratry work has been made possible by funding from the Friends of Carlisle Cathedral, grant-making trusts, generous donations by members of the public, Cathedral activity and a major contribution of £2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Architect: Feilden Fowles
Contractor: Cubby Construction

Project Manager: FWP Group
Consultants: Buttress
Structural Engineer: Structure Workshop
Services Engineer: BCA

What is the Fratry?

In mediaeval times the Fratry building was the dining hall of the Cathedral Priory. Over the intervening 800-or-so years it has been used as a kitchen, a place of worship, an arsenal for the King's Army, a Civil War storeroom, a chapter house, a brewery and granary, a barn and a library.

Our project aims to bring this hugely under-used building back-to-life, with a world-class education and events space at the heart of the Cathedral precinct. The Fratry and Undercroft will be a cultural hub and Carlisle's newest-oldest exhibition and events space, with a brand new café and meeting point created alongside. The project realises our vision for the Cathedral as a place of discovery, celebration and challenge.

Latest News and Timeline

"Coins and bones found at site of Fratry development", by Pam McClounie [News and Star, March 2019]

"Work on Carlisle Fratry hits a milestone", by Kris Tatum [News and Star, February 2019]

"Work starts on Carlisle Cathedral's Fratry project", by Pam McClounie [News and Star, December 2018]

"Cycling vicar on a mission to raise funds for cathedral fratry", by Maureen Hodges [News and Star, May 2017]

"FWP engaged on Carlisle Cathedral project." [Place North West, July 2017]

"Feilden Fowles to transform Carlisle Fratry", by Nick Myall [World Architecture News, February 2017]

How Can I Help?

We know that many people in Carlisle, across Cumbria and beyond love the Cathedral. We hope you will see this as a “once in a generation” project and as an opportunity we must not miss.

Will you help us make our hopes into a reality?

To find out more, please use the contact details below to get in touch or make a donation online.  You can also sponsor a book with all proceeds going to the Fratry appeal.

Thank you.

The Project Administrator
The Fratry Project, Carlisle Cathedral Office
7 The Abbey, Carlisle CA3 8TZ
01228 548107 or email

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