Sir,—I cannot speak for the “Beautiful Carlisle Society” for we have not yet met; but I can speak for several of my fellow citizens who have written on the subject, and am confident that there will be a great sigh of relief amongst those who are proud of their ancient castle, if they can be assured that the Corporation will not sanction the erection of the Tank on that beautiful site opposite the Salvation Army Barracks, till they have sought in vain for other more suitable sites…. I yield to none in my admiration for the ingenuity of the Tank, or for the intrepidity with which it has fought. I recognise that it contributed much to the winning of the war, but that is no reason why the most beautiful approach to the castle in years to come shall be marred by an object which, however much we may respect it, cannot by any known laws of form be thought a thing of beauty or a joy for ever. Surely some site might be chosen in the Park, where by a little judicious planting its unwieldly bulk might be shrouded, and where even without this, the spaciousness of the ground round it, would somewhat lessen its scale.
(Carlisle Journal, 20 February 1920, p. 7)