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Denton Holme is usually regarded as a "village within the city" and is situated to the immediate south west of the city centre on the western bank of the River Caldew. A man made stream or mill race known as the Little Caldew flows through and underneath the area.
Today it is a mostly residential area but in the nineteenth century and most of the twentieth century along with the neighbouring districts of Caldewgate and Wapping it was Carlisle's main industrial district with many textile mills, engineering works and other factories such as car seat manufacturers and confectioners. Today very few factories remain although the last mill, Ferguson Brothers owned by Coats Viyella at Holme Head only closed in the 1990s.
The majority of the housing is red-brick terraced and in fact many of the side streets are still cobbled rather than tarmaced although some new housing has been built in recent years and some of the former factories have been converted into apartments.
There are four Churches in Denton Holme including the Church of England Parish Church, St James, Carlisle Christian Fellowship and The Lighthouse Baptist Church.
At Shaddon Mill on the boundary of Denton Holme and Caldewgate stands a very tall chimney which was at one time the tallest in the UK. This structure which is known as "Dixons Chimney" is now slightly short of its original height and has recently been restored and is a well known local landmark. Named after its first owner Peter Dixon. The mill was built by Peter Dixon in 1835-6. The architect was Richard Tattersall.
In the January 2005 Carlisle floods parts of Denton Holme found themselves under more than a metre of water, and came very close to flooding again in October 2005.
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