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There are a variety of events taking place in and around the Kendal area. From performances at the Brewery Arts Centre to unique art exhibitions, check out what is on during your visit and browse the events of most interest to you.
A church was built here which was given to St Mary's Abbey in York, recently founded by William II, and Kirkland became a monastic estate administered from a nearby manor house.
William II also created the Barony of Kendal to secure his northern territories. Kendal's first castle, a wooden motte and bailey, was erected at Castle Howe (SD 513 924) but later replaced by stone-built Kendal Castle on the opposite side of the river.
This 13th-century castle, built on a drumlin, or glacial hill, was the seat of power and administration for the barons of Kendal for over 200 years but on the death of the last baron in 1483 it gradually fell into a ruinous state.
During the medieval period, the market town of Kendal developed to the north of monastic Kirkland , separated by the ancient boundary of the Black Beck. The barons laid out the town with long burgage plots behind the street frontages, accessed through archways.
Over time, these became ‘yards' of industrial activity with numerous workshops for weaving, dyeing, shearing, dry-salting and tanning. Kendal rapidly developed as a trade centre for all manner of local goods, but it was the woollen industry that brought fame and wealth to the town and sustained its economy for over 600 years.
In 1695, over half of Kendal's principal householders were actively involved in textile occupations such as wool combing, weaving, cropping, dyeing and tailoring, with carding, spinning and knitting undertaken by women and children. Evidence of the importance of the wool trade is reflected in Kendal's motto of ‘Pannus mihi panis', ‘Cloth is my bread' and its coat-of-arms featuring teasels for raising the fabric's nap and hooks for securing bales of wool and cloth to packhorses.
kendal mint cake
Is known for its high-energy giving qualities and is much in demand by outdoor explorers. The ‘cake' is essentially made of sugar, with peppermint flavouring and other ‘secret' ingredients. Kendal Mint Cake was taken to the Antarctic by Sir Ernest Shackleton on his expedition of 1914 and to the summit of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953.
One of the oldest museums in the UK with fascinating displays on the natural history, geology and archaeology of the Kendal area. Follow a nature trail through wildlife dioramas of the Lake District, marvel at the huge range of minerals that can be found in the Lake District and northern England, and discover what life was like in medieval Kendal Castle.
Housed in the old stable block of Abbot Hall, this award-winning museum uncovers the unique customs and traditions of the Lake District. Re-created Victorian street scenes and Lakeland farmhouse rooms reveal how people lived and worked, with displays on farming, mining and weaving complementing the scenery.
Built around 1200, the castle was a home and administrative centre for the barons of Kendal. The Parr family held the barony in the mid-15th century but after 1483 it slowly fell into ruins. Today, only parts of the castle wall and a tower survive above ground, with two vaulted cellars under the Hall Block. An interactive display on the castle and its occupants can be seen at Kendal Museum.
Explore 350 years of social history beautifully illustrated within 77 inspiring, colourful, modern embroidered panels. Shop, Cafe, audio guides, film, interactive displays, children's activities.
To enhance trade, a canal link to Lancaster was opened in 1819, which terminated at a canal basin in Kendal. Trade flourished and brought much needed income to the town but the arrival of the railway in 1846 heralded its decline.
Many different woollen cloths were made in Kendal but the most famous is ‘Kendal Green', a hardwearing cloth said to have been worn by the Kendal Bowmen who fought at the battles of Crecy in 1346 and Poitiers in 1356. Shakespeare refers to ‘Kendal green' in Henry IV (Part I), so it was already well-known by 1597.