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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

  • 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 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.

The Fratry Project - the final stage

The Fratry project will be the most significant development at Carlisle Cathedral in living memory. It aims to realise the Cathedral’s vision to be a place of discovery, celebration and challenge. 

This project will allow us to make the historic Fratry building open and accessible to the whole community; to develop our work of teaching and learning and to provide a wonderful space for schools and educational groups.

We will also be able to create a new Café and hospitality area and achieve better quality, connected facilities to welcome all the Cathedral’s visitors.

We have raised £3 million towards the cost of the Fratry Project.  Can you help us raise the final £450,000?

You can read more about the plans and what we hope to achieve in our latest 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 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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