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The Founding of Carlisle and District Civic Trust

It all began when a group of like minded people published a letter in the Carlisle Journal on 18th June 1965 inviting everyone who was interested to attend a public meeting in The Fratry on 15th July.

The idea behind the trust was that it would be

“a focal point for the active participation of all those interested in the future of the city”.

They were concerned that

“the future must provide for the preservation of such uniqueness of character and architectural and historic treasures as the city still possesses and for the encouragement of future development along positive and progressive lines”.

The trust continues to operate with this mission and these aims today!

The meeting was addressed by Dr Quentin Hughes, a famous architect from Liverpool University, and Chairman of Chester Civic Trust. The meeting decided to go ahead and form Carlisle and District Civic Trust, and drew up an interim committee, a draft constitution and a list of some of the suggested activities they would undertake when the trust was formed. The election of officers and a committee was to be carried out at the first meeting on 30th September 1965.

The first Chairman was Lionel du Toit, The Very Reverend Dean of Carlisle, and the first Honorary Secretary was Jocelyn Morton, who was chairman of the family firm, Morton Sundour, in Carlisle.