- Andrew Graham Stables
15th October 2025
The city of Carlisle, a border town, was very much at the heart of the conflict between Scotland and England for many hundreds of years and has been the gateway for invading forces both north and south. It has seen its fair share of atrocities, violence and destruction, and is well-known for its reiving past. It began as an important outpost of the Roman Empire and the most significant fort at the west end of Hadrian’s Wall.
In ‘Secret Carlisle’, Andrew Graham Stables uncovers the hidden heritage and delves behind the scenes of the only city in Cumbria. The Norman castle sits on the site of the old Roman fort and the city’s layout owes its initial design to the Roman town, and its later medieval layout to the city walls that once surrounded the old town. The book explores the sites of the early history of Carlisle and reveals some intriguing secrets and fascinating stories. Searching the exhibits of the Tullie Museum to identify how they relate to the city and their importance to the story of Carlisle, the author also looks at the people who have helped shape the identity of this characterful city with its unique place in the country’s history.
Illustrated throughout, this book will be of immense interest to residents and visitors alike.