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KENDAL /ˈkɛndəl/ , anciently known as KIRKBY IN KENDAL or KIRKBY KENDAL, is a market town and civil parish within the South Lakeland District of Cumbria
, England. Historically in Westmorland
, it is situated about 8 miles (13 km) south-east of Windermere , 19 miles (31 km) north of Lancaster , 23 miles (37 km) north-east of Barrow-in-Furness
and 38 miles (61 km) north-west of Skipton
. The town lies in the valley or "dale" of the River Kent
River Kent
, from which it derives its name, and has a total resident population of 28,586, making it the third largest settlement in Cumbria
behind Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness.

today is known largely as a centre for tourism, as the home of Kendal mint cake , and as a producer of pipe tobacco and tobacco snuff . Its buildings, mostly constructed with the local grey limestone , have earned it the nickname Grey Auld Town.


* 1 History

* 1.1 Roman fort * 1.2 Transport * 1.3 Kendal Mint Cake * 1.4 Tobacco and snuff

* 2 Governance

* 2.1 Civic history * 2.2 Parliamentary representation

* 3 Geography

* 3.1 Climate

* 4 Economy * 5 Transport * 6 Education * 7 Places of interest * 8 Notable people * 9 Kendal
dialect * 10 Kendal
Mountain Search and Rescue Team * 11 Twin towns * 12 See also * 13 References * 14 External links


is listed in the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
as part of Yorkshire
with the name Cherchebi. For many centuries it was called Kirkbie Kendal, meaning "village with a church in the valley of the River Kent". The earliest castle was a Norman motte and bailey (now located on the west side of the town) when the settlement went under the name of KIRKBIE STRICKLAND.

A chartered market town , the centre of Kendal
is structured around a high street with fortified alleyways, known locally as yards, off to either side which allowed the local population to seek shelter from the Anglo-Scottish raiding parties known as the Border Reivers
Border Reivers
. The main industry in these times was the manufacture of woollen goods, the importance of which is reflected in the town's coat of arms and in its Latin motto "Pannus mihi panis", meaning wool (literally 'cloth') is my bread. " Kendal
Green" was hard-wearing wool-based fabric specific to the local manufacturing process, and was supposedly sported by the Kendalian archers who were instrumental in the English victory over the French at the Battle of Agincourt
Battle of Agincourt
. Kendal
Green was also worn by slaves in the Americas, and is mentioned in songs and literature from that time. Kendal
Green was traditionally the colour of clothing worn by foresters and as such was mentioned by Shakespeare
in Henry IV, Part 1 .

The site of several (ruined ) castles, the most recent one constructed in the late-12th century, Kendal Castle , has a long history as a stronghold of one kind or another. It was the castle of the Barony of Kendal
Barony of Kendal
, the part of Westmorland
ruled from here. The castle is best known for being the home of the Parr family, who represent one of the lines of heirs of these barons. The Parrs inherited the castle through marriage during the reign of Edward III of England
. Rumours still circulate that King Henry VIII 's sixth wife Catherine Parr
Catherine Parr
was born at Kendal
Castle, but based on the evidence available this is very unlikely. By the time Catherine was born the castle was beyond repair and her father was already based in Blackfriars, London, as a member of the court of King Henry VIII . The site of the Roman fort at Watercrook across the River Kent
River Kent


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A Roman fort existed about 2 miles south of the present day town centre, at a site known as Watercrook. It was built in about AD 90, originally as a timber structure, and then rebuilt with stone in about 130 during the reign of Hadrian
. The fort was abandoned for about 20 years during the Antonine re-occupation of Scotland . It was then rebuilt during the reign of Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius
and occupied until roughly 270. That was probably the last time it was held for military purposes. What remains of the stone structure is now buried under a field. Many of the Roman artefacts from this site may be found in the Kendal museum .


Early travellers to Kendal
complained of eight miles of "nothing but a confused mixture of Rockes and Boggs." Riding horseback was the fastest form of travelling for the road was "no better than the roughest fell tracks on high ground and spongy, miry tracks in the vallies." It became evident that it was unjust and beyond the power of the thinly scattered rural population thereabouts be called upon to maintain a road used for through traffic. "Whereas the road is very ruinous, and some parts thereof almost impassable and could not, by the ordinary course appointed by the Laws then in being for repairing the highways, be amended and kept in good repair, unless some further provision was made." In 1703 by Order of the Quarter Sessions of the Barony of Kendall the surveyors of highways was to make the roads good and sufficient for the passage of coaches, carts and carriages. In 1753 The Keighley and Kendal Turnpike brought the stage coach from Yorkshire
to Kendal.


Main article: Kendal Mint Cake Kendal mint cake with chocolate coating

is known for Kendal
mint cake, a glucose -based type of confectionery reputedly discovered accidentally by Joseph Wiper during his search for a clear glacier mint.

Used on numerous expeditions to mountaintops (including Mount Everest and K2 ) and both poles of the Earth, its popularity is mainly due to the very astute decision of the original manufacturer's great-nephew to market it as an energy food, and to supply Ernest Shackleton 's 1914–17 Trans-Antarctic Expedition .

By the time the business was sold to competitor Romney\'s in 1987 there were several rival mint cake producers, many of which are still in business.


Snuff production in Kendal
dates from 1792, when Kendalian Thomas Harrison returned from Glasgow, Scotland, where he had learned the art of snuff manufacture. He also brought with him 50 tons of second-hand equipment, all carried on horse back. Pipe tobacco and other tobacco products were subsequently added to the firm's production. Ownership of his firm passed eventually to his son-in-law, Samuel Gawith, whose eponymic firm, Samuel Gawith & Co. , continues in business to this day. Following Samuel Gawith's death in 1865, the firm passed into the hands of his two eldest sons. During this time the business was administered initially by trustees, including Henry Hoggarth, and John Thomas Illingworth.

Illingworth left the firm in 1867 to start his own firm, which remained in business until the 1980s. The youngest son of Samuel Gawith the First subsequently teamed with Henry Hoggarth to form Gawith Hoggarth TT, Ltd. Both Samuel Gawith "> Although a relatively small town, it is an important commercial centre for a wide area thanks to its rural location. It is affectionately referred to as "The Gateway to The Lakes". ‹ The template below (Geographic location ) is being considered for deletion. See templates for discussion to help reach a consensus. ›


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has a marine west coast climate, category Cfb on the Köppen Climate Classification. It has moderately warm summers and mild winters, with precipitation at all times of year. In July and August the average daily maximum and minimum are 19C and 11C respectively. The corresponding averages in January and February are 6C and 1C.


Kendal's early prosperity was based largely on cloth manufacture. In the 19th century it became a centre for the manufacture of snuff and shoes; the K Shoes company remained a major employer in the town until its factory closed in 2003. There are still a number of industries based in the town, such as Gilbert Gilkes "> A bridge over the old course of the Lancaster Canal, now used as a footpath

Kendal railway station is situated on the Windermere Branch Line and gives connections to Windermere railway station
Windermere railway station
to the north, and Oxenholme Lake District railway station (on the West Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
) and Lancaster railway station to the south.

is around 8 miles (12 km) from the M6 motorway
M6 motorway
, and is bypassed on the west by the A591 road , linking it to Windermere , Keswick and the A590 leading to Barrow , as well as being the terminus of the A65 road to Kirkby Lonsdale
Kirkby Lonsdale
, Skipton
and Yorkshire
and a destination on the A6 road to Penrith . Kendal
is signposted off the M6 at Junctions 36 (A65, A590), Junction 37 ( A684 road
A684 road
), Junction 38 ( A685 road ) and Junction 39 (A6). The three-mile £1.9m A591 bypass opened on 29 August 1971.

The Lancaster Canal
Lancaster Canal
was built as far as Kendal
in 1819, but the northern section was rendered unnavigable by the construction of the M6. Part of this section was also drained and filled in to prevent leakage, and the course of the canal through Kendal
has now been developed. The canal towpath, however, remains as a footpath through Kendal. A campaign is currently underway to restore the canal as far as Kendal.

is served by a long distance coach service from London
(once per day) and local buses run from the bus station to destinations such as Ambleside
, Barrow-in-Furness
and Lancaster .


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The Queen Katherine School , on Appleby Road, is a secondary school with academy status. The school also operates a sixth form.

Kirkbie Kendal School , formerly known as Kendal
Grammar School, is a secondary school Business and Enterprise College that serves the area around the town and rural countryside. Kirkbie Kendal School operates as a foundation school with academy status; its previous pupils include the historian David Starkey and clinical psychologist Vanessa Jones.

Kendal College is a further education college that provides further and higher education, as well as training for employers. The college is judged Outstanding by Ofsted, has over 4,000 students and employs over 150 staff.

There are numerous primary schools in the area, including Castle Park, Stramongate School, Heron Hill, Ghyllside, Vicarage Park, St Thomas's and Dean Gibson. In the nearby village of Natland , there is St Mark's School.


Holy Trinity Church which includes the Parr Chapel and Prayers written by the hand of Queen Catherine Parr
Catherine Parr
. Kendal Castle

* Kendal Museum – one of the oldest in the country, it includes exhibits on area history, culture, archaeology, geology, local and world natural history, Roman Britain, Ancient Egypt * Abbot Hall Art Gallery (housed in a Georgian villa), it mounts nationally important exhibitions, such as David Bomberg : Spirit in the Mass (17 July – 28 October 2006). Permanent collection includes George Romney , JMW Turner
JMW Turner
, John Ruskin
John Ruskin
, Ben Nicholson , Paula Rego , Lucian Freud , Stanley Spencer and Barbara Hepworth
Barbara Hepworth
. * Museum of Lakeland Life located in the original stables of Abbot Hall, it contains exhibits on farming life in the Lake District and a permanent collection of author Arthur Ransome 's books and belongings. * Castle Howe , Kendal's undisputed first castle, lies on the hill side overlooking the town. The earthwork remains are sandwiched between Gillinggate and Beast Banks * Kendal Castle , to the east of the earthworks, probably built while Castle Howe was still being used * Friends\' Meeting House, home of the Quaker Tapestry * The Brewery Arts Centre (offering theatre, dance, exhibitions, cinemas, music, workshops, youth drama, dance and food and drink) * Kendal
Leisure Centre * Kendal Parish Church (Holy Trinity) * Lakeland Radio Stadium official football ground of Kendal
Town F.C. * Netherfield Cricket Club Ground – home ground of Netherfield Cricket Club and Cumberland County Cricket Club


The following is a list of people who either were born in Kendal
or have significant contacts with Kendal:

* Desmond Bagley , thriller writer * Matt Bigland , guitarist and lead singer for alternative rock band Dinosaur Pile-Up . * Jonathan Dodgson Carr , founder of Carr's breadmakers and social reform campaigner * John Cunliffe , creator of Postman Pat * John Dalton , chemist and physicist * Sir Arthur Eddington , astrophysicist * James Ellison and Dean Ellison , motorbike racers * Tim Farron , Leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP (Westmorland and Lonsdale) * Nicholas Freeston (1907-1978), Award-winning Lancashire poet, born in Kendal * Daniel Gardner , portraitist * Steven Hall , Britain\'s Got Talent Finalist 2011, comedy dancer * Steve Hogarth , vocalist of rock band Marillion
* Francis Nigel Lee , theologian * Ken Major (1928–2009), architect, author and molinologist , attended Kendal
School * Caroline Moir , author * George Romney , portrait painter * Keith Stainton , politician and Second World War hero in France * David Starkey , historian, Tudor period * Alfred Wainwright
Alfred Wainwright
, guidebook author and walker * Wild Beasts , indie-rock band * Keith Wilkinson , ITV television news reporter * John Wilson , mathematician and astronomer * Yan , Hamilton and Wood of the indie-rock band British Sea Power , brought up in Natland, a nearby village.


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The Kendal
dialect known as Kendalian, is a variant of the Cumbrian dialect spoken around the Kendal


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has for many years maintained a voluntary mountain search and rescue team based at Busher Walk. They have performed numerous rescues around the Kendal
area, and along with other local mountain rescue teams, helped at the Grayrigg derailment .


is twinned with:

* - Rinteln
, Lower Saxony , Germany * - Killarney
, County Kerry , Munster
, Ireland


* Cumbria

* Listed buildings in Kendal * Kendal Mountain Festival * Kendal Town F.C.


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– Castle Howe