Interesting facts about Carlisle
Did you know that if you want to be knighted, without having to give money to a political party, then Piel Island, located just off Barrow-in-Furness, is the place to go? If you're in Carlisle, in just under two hours you can make the drive to Piel Island where the landlord of the Ship Inn is known as the King of Piel Island and he will make you a knight if you buy a round of drinks for everyone present. Plus, if you are ever shipwrecked on the Island, you will be watered and fed for free!
For those who like History, Carlisle has one of the bloodiest histories of any town in the UK, due to its close proximity to Scotland and the fact it was home to the border reiver clans from the 13th to 17th century. Carlisle was also home to the very first pillar-box in 1853.
The Settle to Carlisle Railway was built by the Midland Railway Company who was in desperate need of a quick route to Scotland to compete with their rivals. The construction began in 1868 and the line opened for goods traffic in August 1874 and for passengers in May 1876. The route is 72 miles long and is said to be one of the most scenic railway journeys in the UK. To add to Carlisle’s railway history, the first cardboard railway ticket was invented and used in Carlisle.
Another historical fact about Carlisle is that Her Majesty’s Theatre was the first theatre ever to be lit by electricity in 1880. On a more contemporary note, witnessed its worst flooding in 2005 since 1822. Over 2700 homes were affected and three people died! The cost of the flooding was over £400 million. If you are a superstitious person, many residents believe ‘the ’ has caused many disasters to the town.
‘The Stone’ was only one of the occult items associated with the city of Carlisle’s millennium project known as the Gateway City Project.
One of Carlisle’s most successful citizens was Geoff Twentyman who was a professional footballer and subsequent head scout for Liverpool F.C under Bill Shankly.
And finally, did you know that Carlisle boasts the highest and lowest points in any city, ranging from sea level to the top of coal fell at 2041 feet making quite a walk!
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