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Kendal

The ‘Auld Grey Town' of Kendal, handsomely built in limestone, is the focal hub for shopping and culture in Lakeland. Historically, Kendal was one of the most important woollen textile centres in the country, producing ‘Kendal Green' and other ‘Kendal cottons' - its numerous yards were once filled with workshops processing cloth, leather and foodstuffs. Kendal was also a centre for shoe making, carpet and snuff manufacture, and synonymous with the production of Kendal Mint Cake; an essential prerequisite for today's explorers and mountaineers.

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Beech House

Beech House

Guest House with 5 rooms, £75-£100 prpnb

The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal

The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal

Hotel with 99 rooms, £116-£221 prpnb

The Glen

The Glen

Guest House with 6 rooms, £80-£115 prpnb

Coachman's Cottage living area

The Old Stables

Self-catering with 3 units, £195-£580 pupw sleeps 1-6

Millers Beck open plan kitchen

Millers Beck Self Catering

Self-catering with 2 units, £320-£450 pupw sleeps 2-4

Stonecross Manor Hotel

Stonecross Manor Hotel

Hotel with 30 rooms, £50-£140 pppnb

Millers Beck Country Guest House lounge

Millers Beck Country Guest House

Guest House with 4 rooms, £50-£82 prpnb

Garden Suite

Gilpin Hotel

Country House Hotel with 26 rooms, £130-£158 pppn, £128-£223 pppnb

Sundial House triple bedroom

Sundial House

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £30-£35 pppnb

Lyndhurst Guest House

Lyndhurst Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 7 rooms, £39-£84 prpnb

Highgate Hotel double room

Highgate Hotel

Bed & Breakfast with 9 rooms, £40-£53 pppnb

Ash Meadows Bed & Breakfast

Ash Meadows Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £70-£95 prpnb

Hillside B&B

Hillside Bed & Breakfast

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £38-£85 prpnb

Riversleigh Guest House

Riversleigh Guest House

Guest House with 6 rooms, £26-£32 pppnb

Shaw End Mansion

Shaw End Mansion

Self-catering with 4 units, £275-£530 pupw sleeps 1-6

Plumtree House

Plumtree House

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £40 pppnb

Lakeland Studio Apartment

Five Oaks Studio

Self-catering with 1 unit, £650 pupw sleeps 1-2

Bridge House

Bridge House

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £40-£45 pppnb

The Wild Boar Hotel luxury bedroom

The Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse

Inn with 33 rooms, £125-£165 prpnb

Cobblestone Cottage & Wallers Barn

Cobblestone Cottage & Wallers Barn

Self-catering with 2 units, £340-£900 pupw sleeps 6-10

Helm Mount Barns

Helm Mount Barns

Self-catering with 3 units, £550-£3380 pupw sleeps 6-14

Birslack Grange Cottage

Birslack Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £270-£350 pupw sleeps 1-2

Littlemere

Littlemere

Self-catering with 4 units, £260-£495 pupw sleeps 2

Lake District Disabled Holidays open plan area

Lake District Disabled Holidays

Self-catering with 2 units, £450-£700 pupw sleeps 1-5

Things to do

What's on

 
David Landau, by Frank Auerbach

Wed 25 May - Wed 19 Oct 2016

Kendal

 
 
 
 
 
A J Croce

Thu 29 Sep 2016

Kendal

 
 

Surrounding Areas

River Kent
Lyth Valley
Sizergh Castle
Oxenholme railway

Culture and Heritage

Kendal parish church
Kendal mint cake
Brewery arts centre
Today's bustling market town of Kendal can be traced back to the 8th century, when the settlement of Kirkland was established near a crossing point over the River Kent.

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 Castle

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