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The Citie off Carlesle

The Citie off Carlesle

Draughtsman: Unknown

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1563

Shelfmark: Cotton Augustus I.i

Item number: f.13

Genre: Plan

This is a plan of the city of Carlisle which may date from 1563. It has been drawn to scale with drawings of landmark features superimposed, such as the church and castle which dominates the city. During the period 1173-1461 the castle was attacked nine times and the building fell into disrepair. It is possible that this plan was drawn in 1563 to show the need for repairs to be made to the castle walls that extend around the town and appear to be damaged in several areas.
As with many Tudor town plans, the pillory in the market place is prominently drawn. A scale bar in included in the lower left hand corner: ‘Every inch conteyneth one hundreth Feete’

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