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The Fratry Project

What is the Fratry?

The Fratry building stands at the heart of the Cathedral precinct and was the dining hall of the mediaeval priory. We want to use it to bring to life the stories of faith, hope and love that the Cathedral exists to tell. Life in this city, on the border with Scotland, was never dull. There are great stories for everyone to enjoy.

The Fratry building will be made fit for this purpose.

We will achieve

  • Full access to both floors
  • Better facilities for all our visitors and users
  • More toilets
  • Teaching and learning activity will have its own dedicated space in the undercroft
  • Catering will take place in a new setting
  • Installations to help visitors interpret the Cathedral’s stories will be available in the main Fratry Hall.

Latest News and Timeline

  • Public consultation meetings were held in June 2016
  • Oxford Archaeology North were on site in July 2016. Trial trenches were dug as part of the development work for the Fratry Project. 
  • Our application to the planning authorities was approved in October 2016.
  • Our Stage 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund was submitted in November 2016 with an HLF decision expected in March 2017.
  • The Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England approved the application for work to the Fratry building in December 2016.
  • Launch of the final phase of fundraising started in December 2016 with a JustGiving campaign and new leaflet .

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 download the latest leaflet.

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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The Fratry Project Appeal: Bringing untold stories to life

A tremendous amount of work was unveiled at a public consultation held in June 2016 in the Fratry building. A new building design was explained - together with plans for activity in the building and interpretation of the Cathedral and its precinct.

The Dean of Carlisle commented “We are delighted that initial conversations about the new building design and activity plans have been received very positively. We believe that we have proposals that will help bring the Fratry building back to life – to serve both the Cathedral and the city well.”