St Cuthbert Without

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St Cuthbert Without
Civil parish
Coordinates: 54°51′00″N 2°53′46″W / 54.850°N 2.896°W / 54.850; -2.896Coordinates: 54°51′00″N 2°53′46″W / 54.850°N 2.896°W / 54.850; -2.896
Primary councilCity of Carlisle
RegionNorth West England
StatusCivil Parish
 • UK ParliamentCarlisle
 • Total3,422
An image of St Cuthbert Without

St Cuthbert Without, or simply St Cuthbert, is a civil parish within the City of Carlisle in Cumbria, England.

The parish lies immediately to the south of Carlisle itself and comprises the following settlements - Blackwell, Durdar, Carleton, Brisco and Wreay (the first three are usually regarded as outlying parts of Carlisle, although were not part of the former county borough of Carlisle). According to the 2001 census it had a population of 2,043.

The civil parish was formed in 1866 and has seen various boundary changes during its existence, mostly due to the expansion of Carlisle, although the former separate parish of Wreay was absorbed in 1934.

The parish is named after St Cuthbert's Church in Carlisle city centre. The "Without" part of the name means this was the part of the ecclesiastical parish of St Cuthbert's that was outside the city boundary or walls. The original civil parish of Carlisle St Cuthbert was split in 1866 to form St Cuthbert Without and St Cuthbert Within - the latter of which became part of a merged Carlisle civil parish in 1904.

St Mary's Church (Wreay), built in 1842, is notable for its architecture.

At one time the parish included the modern Carlisle suburbs and districts of Botchergate, St Nicholas, Currock, Upperby and Harraby.

The M6, A6 and West Coast main railway line all run through the parish. The A6 meets the M6 at junction 42 (the Golden Fleece Roundabout) in Carleton. At different times there have been railway stations at Wreay and Brisco.

The main river in the parish is the River Petteril.


Blackwell (54°52′05″N 2°55′55″W / 54.868°N 2.932°W / 54.868; -2.932) is a village in the parish, just south Carlisle. Carlisle Racecourse is in the village.


Brisco (54°51′29″N 2°54′07″W / 54.858°N 2.902°W / 54.858; -2.902; postcode district CA4) is a village in the parish. It is located a few miles south of Carlisle, near Junction 42 of the M6 motorway. There is St Ninian's well in the village.[1] In the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 it had a population of 323.[2] Brisco railway station served the village.


Carleton (54°52′01″N 2°53′35″W / 54.867°N 2.893°W / 54.867; -2.893; postcode district CA1) is a hamlet on the A6 road, in the parish; it adjoins the suburb of Carlisle known as Harraby. In the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 it had a population of 181.[3] It is a few miles to the south-east of the city centre of Carlisle and is near the River Petteril.

The buildings along the A6 between Junction 42 of the M6 to Barrock Fell including Scalesceugh Hall are all addressed as being part of Carleton.

Garlands Hospital (formerly Cumberland and Westmorland Lunatic Asylum) was based in the village until it closed in 1999.[4]


Durdar (54°51′00″N 2°55′41″W / 54.850°N 2.928°W / 54.850; -2.928; postcode district CA2) is a small suburban area based around a crossroads (with a pub the Black Lion, and a petrol station/garage) in the parish, 2 km to the south of the city of Carlisle.


  1. ^ "Brisco". The Cumbria Directory. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  2. ^ "History of Brisco, in Carlisle and Cumberland". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  3. ^ "History of Carleton, in Carlisle and Cumberland". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Garlands Hospital". County Asylums. Retrieved 12 April 2019.

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