5d. Carlisle (4) Old Tullie House Museum & Guildhall Museum
See also Carlisle (1) The Cathedral
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The Tullie House complex consists of old Tullie House, museums galleries and art gallery and one of Carlisle most popular attractions.
'Old' Tullie House. There has been a substantial house on this site since the 13th century, the original building was called the 'White Hall'. The Tullie family lived here from 1624 to 1689, when the old hall was pulled down and the current house built in 1689by Thomas Tullie, Chancellor of Carlisle. After being saved from demolition in 1890, Tullie House was extended and opened as an 'Institute of Science'.
The quiet peaceful garden of Tullie House was laid out in 2006. In Jacobean times the garden would have been designed for pleasure and production of useful plants like herbs for medicinal and culinary purposes.
The art gallery in Tullie House. Here you will find work by the Pre-Raphaelites artists and their successors and objects associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. Also, English porcelain.
The Border Galleries tells the story of the Border Reivers, neighbouring families constantly feuding over property, lands and cattle. Find out more about the Tullie family, after which the house is named.
The Wildlife Dome displays and describes local wildlife.
The Roman Frontier Gallery describes who built Hadrian's Wall and life in the Carlisle area under the Roman occupation.
The Old Tullie House has an interesting art gallery including works by Pre-Raphaelite artists and their heirs and note the elaborate ornate tiles on the walls of Old Tullie House. Exhibits include drawings, paintings and contemporary photographs
The Guildhall Museum, Carlisle
The Guildhall is an attractive medieval building in the centre of Carlisle in Fisher Street near the Market Cross.
Franco's Ristorante restaurant occupies the ground floor!
Some of the old oak beams (cruck construction) supporting the roof of the timber framed building (with bricks and tiles) of the Guildhall, Carlisle, which dates from ~1405-1407. It was built by Richard of Redeness who left the house to the community of Carlisle. Much of the original timber work survives and some of the internal 'wattle-and-daub' walls.
The hand loom from 1836-1850 used in Caldbeck Mill that wove undyed Herdwick and Leicester sheep wool to produce Haddon grey cloth - used to make the famous John Peel's "coat so grey"
In medieval times the tradesmen of the middle ages protected their commercial interests by forming special associations or Guilds. Carlisle had eight Trade Guilds, and each had one room as a meeting place in the Guildhall. The Carlisle Guilds were Butchers, Merchants, Shoemakers, Skinners, Smiths, Tailors, Tanners and Weavers. Each of the Guild Rooms has its own special interest – including the ship’s cabin-like atmosphere of the Shoemakers room, the weavers room (above) and the Victorian character of the Butcher’s Room. Objects relating to the history of Carlisle's Guilds are on view including items of Guild silver dating mainly from the early 18th century. Each Carlisle Guild had a large banner which was flown from the Guildhall on important days.
The 'Armada Chest' in Carlisle Guildhall dated from the 16th or 17th century, so named because resembles imported 'Toledo chests' from Spain. It was used as a safe hence the intricate array of locks.
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