Standing strongly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle in the Northern city of Carlisle, Cumbria, England was a constantly updated working fortress until well within living memory. Even before the medieval castle was begun, this site was an important Roman fortress.
At that time, Cumberland (the original name for north and west Cumbria) was still considered a part of Scotland. William II arrived and drove the Scots out of Cumberland to claim the area for England. He ordered the construction of a Norman style Motte and Bailey castle in Carlisle on the site of an old Roman fort, with construction beginning in 1093.
The need for a castle in Carlisle was to keep the northern border of England secured against the threat of invasion from Scotland. In 1122, Henry I of England ordered a stone castle to be constructed on the site. Thus a keep and city walls were constructed and the city of Carlisle grew up around the castle.
Today the castle is managed by English Heritage and is open to the public.
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