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Did you know that Her Majestys Theatre in Carlisle was the first Theatre ever to be lit by Electricity in 1880

Did you know that the 1st mainland pillar box went up on Botchergate in Carlisle in 1853.

Did you know that the M6 Motorway Rugby to Carlisle is the longest motorway in Britain at just over 226 miles

Did you know that Carlisle could claim to be the most cosmopolitan city in Britain Ė in terms of rulers? It was founded as Luguvalium by the Romans; when they left in the early 5th century the Picts took it over; the Vikings were next on the list; and the Scots displaced them. The Normans added Carlisle to their territory after the Conquest; the Scots retook it in the 12th century; and the English got it back later. It even fell to Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.

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Famous Carlisle people:

Helen Skelton
Jancis Robinson
Melvyn Bragg
Mike Figgis

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Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther. - Thomas Carlyle
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On this day:
Edgar the Peaceable Unites English Kingdoms - 0959, World's first railway inaugurated - 1604, First edition of the News of the World - 1843, First British Cable Car Opens - 1894, Kipling publishes Kim - 1901, Lawrence of Arabia Takes Damascus - 1918, 1st McDonalds opens in London - 1974, Toxteth Riots - 1985, Durham Pioneers Congestion Charge - 2002
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