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19, Castle Street

A Grade II Listed Building in Carlisle, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.8956 / 54°53'44"N

Longitude: -2.9391 / 2°56'20"W

OS Eastings: 339868

OS Northings: 556053

OS Grid: NY398560

Mapcode National: GBR 7CXT.HV

Mapcode Global: WH802.T6MT

Plus Code: 9C6VV3W6+69

Entry Name: 19, Castle Street

Listing Date: 13 November 1972

Last Amended: 11 April 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1025283

English Heritage Legacy ID: 386654

Location: Cathedral and Castle, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3

County: Cumbria

District: Carlisle

Electoral Ward/Division: Castle

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Carlisle

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Carlisle St Cuthbert with St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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671-1/6/72 (East side)
13/11/72 No.19
(Formerly Listed as:
(East side)
Nos.17 AND 19)


House now office. Dated and inscribed J & M F 1798 on shared
rainwater head, with extensive early and late C19 alterations
(a further rainwater head inscription C & A F 1898 is probably
only commemorating the centenary). Calciferous sandstone
ashlar facade (remainder of walls of Flemish bond brick) on
red sandstone plinth; first-floor sill course and eaves
cornice. Hipped graduated slate roof; shared original ridge
brick chimney stack.
3 storeys, 3 symmetrical bays, built as a pair with No.17.
Double-depth, central-stair plan. Facade is completely early
C19 and can be compared with the different original facade of
No.17. Central C20 double doors under moulded entablature and
recessed semicircular arch. Flanking C20 windows (sill level
lowered in 1989) in semicircular arches to match doorway.
Interval ground floor red sandstone pilasters, paired beyond
windows. First floor central sash window with glazing bars in
plain stone reveals flanked by tripartite windows under
elliptical super-ordinate arches. Upper floor windows in plain
stone reveals and stone sills. Return wall faces onto Long
Lane with some of the ground floor detail continued round the
corner. Rear 2-storey bowed bay window and round-headed
staircase window with intersecting glazing bars.
INTERIOR has rear principal ground floor room with elaborate
moulded plaster ceiling cornice. Original cantilever stone
staircase with scrolled wrought-iron balusters and moulded
wooden handrail. Some original panelled doors and panelled
internal shutters.
HISTORY: This was the house of the Forster family; a Joseph
Forster married Mary Robinson on 11 December 1785 at St Mary's
Church and it is possible that they are the J & M F on the
rainwater head; when their banking business collapsed in 1837,
the house was to be sold and was advertised in Carlisle
Journal, 13 April 1839, described as having a "polished white
stone ashlar front". For illustration see Robert Fell (1981).
Home for the Carlisle Liberal Club 1881-5 and later the office
of the Carlisle and District State Management Scheme until
(Carlisle Journal: 13 April 1839; Fell, Robert: Carlisle
Liberal Club Ltd. Centenary, 1881-1981: 1981-: P.2).

Listing NGR: NY3986856053

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