Dear Elsie
Weather permitting Mabel and I would like to come over tomorrow afternoon (Friday) If it is not convenient Frank would perhaps call & let us know as he goes to dinner.
With love. Esmé


Carlisle Cross in Prince Charlie’s times
Published by Nicholson & Cartner | N & C Series


To: Miss Bottomley, Wateringbury Grove, Staveley, Nr. Chesterfield
Postmark: BARROW-HILL CHESTERFIELD | 8pm | 25 August 1904


We’ve had a run of sunny days in Carlisle this week (April 2021), and yesterday I was sitting on the stone steps shown on this postcard, enjoying a coffee and watching the world go by – as many have done before me. Marking the centre of Carlisle, the market cross was erected in 1682 on the site of an earlier cross (the steps belong to the previous structure) and has been a meeting place for centuries. It was from this spot in 1745 that Bonnie Prince Charlie – the Young Pretender – declared his father, James, the rightful king of Britain in their failed campaign to legitimise the Jacobite succession.

The cross bears the name of Joseph Reed, mayor of the city in 1682, and is topped with a lion holding a scroll with the arms of the city. The postcard shows six circular steps at the base – today only five are visible, the lowest being now beneath ground level.

The story of Bonnie Prince Charlie has been romanticised over the years, especially his escape over the water to the Isle of Skye in The Skye Boat Song (written over 100 years after the event). Carlisle plays an important part in his story and that of the Jacobite cause, which was marked about 150 years after the rebellion by local publishers Nicholson & Cartner with a series of postcards showing “Carlisle in Prince Charlie’s times”. This is one such card, showing a still familiar sight as traders and locals mingle.