A road with a story to tell – U123

Unclassified and forgotten U123 in Carlisle is an amazing street with a story to tell.

Broadguards in Carlisle

Broadguards in Carlisle

I found this old street whilst out on one of my walks and every day thousands of people pass by a narrow single track road to the west of the city centre without a second glance.

Linking Church Street, by the biscuit factory where the yummy sniffs come from, to the B5299 in Shaddongate,  Broadguards is possibly one of the oldest streets in this part of the City of Carlisle.

Broadguards, Carlisle

Officially the road is known as the U123, an unclassified road.  It is a little unloved and battle scarred.

Patchwork tarmac intermingles with the old cobble stone setts creating a timeline of the industrial revolution.

Lining the street to one side are a number of modern industrial businesses including a garage and a metal fabrication facility.  On the other a patchwork brick built wall captivates in stone the changes to this part of the old town.

Patchwork wall - Broadguards, Carlisle

Patchwork wall – Broadguards, Carlisle

‘Innocent of sanitation’

Encapsulated in the assorted stones the ghostly outlines of doors and windows can still be made out. However, I can not find any evidence of the history of this wall.

Was it the frontage of a row of buildings now long gone or has it been constructed from the shattered remains of former houses destroyed over time?  If you can add to the story of this street then let me know via the comments area below.

A former resident of Shaddongate, Sam Jordan, sent a letter to the local newspaper, The Journal, in 1894 about one courtyard off Broadguards.

In it he described the area as,  “a mere aggregation of tumble-down rookeries,”  before adding it was “innocent of sanitation, with pitfalls at every step.”

The area declined throughout the late 1800’s and into the early 20th Century.

Waverley Hall, Carlisle

Waverley Hall, Carlisle

The City Council minutes of 1931-32 indicate that a number of properties in the area were unfit for human habitation.

Waverley Hall, Caldewgate

Indicated only by a painted white sign above a metal gate, is the Waverley Hall.

The building is now in use by an engineering firm but was once a place of religion.

It is a few hundred metres along Broadguards from the McVities biscuit factory.

Little can be found about this building except for one note published in the London Gazette in 1955.

The official notice indicates that the building was given a certificate for worship on 19th  July 1935.   This certification was cancelled by The Registrar General on 21 January 1955.

Can you add to the history of this street or the buildings along it? Let me know in the comments area below.

Until next time