A POPULAR historic landmark in Carlisle, amongst others, has received a large sum of funding from Historic England.

Carlisle Castle has been granted £600k as part of the Government's Cultural Recovery Fund.

Muncaster Castle and St John's the Evangelist Church in West Cumbria both also received a grant of £200,000 and £160,000 respectively.

Tom Jones, of English Heritage England, said: "The funding is being used to address water ingress to the keep at the castle, to help protect both historic fabric and wall art, including 15th-century prisoner drawings.

"The funding is being administered by Historic England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport following applications from a number of heritage organisations."

The drawings in question are on the second floor of the castle with some being finely carved into the walls.

There are various carvings, some of a religious nature, that date back to the 1480s, the Castle are using the money to protect these.

142 historic sites across England are receiving grants worth £35 million through the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Funding will help bring heritage sites back to life by paying for vital repairs and major building programmes.

This is being done in an attempt to bolster local economies and support jobs across the country.

Carlisle Castle will see major benefits from this grant in order for them to conduct vital repairs and major building programmes.

It is being done with money from the government's £2 billion cultural recovery fund and is intended to open up heritage and the benefits it brings to everyone.

This will help with the levelling up agenda which is taking place across Cumbria and the rest of the country.

It is thought that this will improve life and opportunities for people in places like Carlisle and West Cumbria.

Carlisle and West Cumbria, like other parts of the country, has been hit hard by the pandemic.

So it is hoped that by the Castle receiving this funding their will be enhanced wellbeing and community connection.

Offering education, development opportunities and jobs to people in and around the area.

Iona Frost-Pennington, manager at Muncaster Castle, explained that they will be using the money to re-line the front of the Castle with lime mortar.

Which will help to preserve the inside of the Castle and provide a better environment for historic pictures.

Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s Chief Executive, said: "Funding from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund is hugely welcome at a time when the people and organisations who look after our vast and varied array of heritage urgently need support to carry out essential repairs."