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Fratry Project

What is the Fratry?

In mediaeval times the Fratry building was the dining hall of the Cathedral Priory.  Today it stands inaccessible to many and massively under-used at the heart of the Cathedral precinct.    

The Fratry Project brings this world-class, Grade I-listed building back to life and makes it ready to serve the City, the County and its visitors.               

The Fratry Project aims to realise the Cathedral’s vision to be a place of discovery, celebration and challenge.

Latest News and Timeline

We are thrilled to announce that work has now begun on site to bring the historic Fratry, and the heart of the precinct, back to life.
The first stage of the process is to remove the stone porch (a Victorian addition) and to return the doorway (added in 1881) back to its 'uninverted' position.
Watch this space for updates on our progress, and keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
For a detailed history of the many changes to the Fratry over the last 700 years we recommend David Weston's excellent book, Carlisle Cathedral History, which is available from the Cathedral gift shop, and local bookshops.
  • 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 new leaflet with a letter from the Dean.
  • It was announced on 24 March 2017 that the funding bid had been successful. Click here for press release.
  • Link to the HLF's coverage of the announcement, 22 June 2017.
  • Work began on Monday 10 December 2018.

The Fratry Project - the final stage

Work to bring the Fratry building to life is the most significant development at Carlisle Cathedral in living memory. It 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. 

The redeveloped Fratry will be a unique venue for events, exhibitions and performance; and a café and hospitality area at the heart of the Cathedral precinct.

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).

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 fratry@carlislecathedral.org.uk

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