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Cafe corner of Market Place, Kendal - geograph.org.uk - 1760160Review of Kendal: Encouraging a great number of tourists both summer and winter, the old town of Kendal, rests on the River Kent, near the fringe of the Lakes in Cumbria. The story of the town of Kendal extends back to largely undocumented eras, a Roman fortress was built near by in AD90, a Norman castle was re-built during the 12th century & the settlement was documented in the 1086 Domesday Book.

In the past a part of Westmorland, Kendal is mostly built of locally sourced gray limestone giving it the nickname of "Auld Grey Town", it is in fact the third largest settlement in Cumbria. Kendal nowadays has got a resident population of about 28,500, though of course substantial amounts of tourists head to the town especially in the summertime. Labelled Cherchbi in the Domesday Book, Kirkby in Kendal, Kirkbie Kendal and Kirkbie Strickland are amongst the names bestowed on Kendal across the eras.

Besides tourism, Kendal is maybe most renowned for its production of the sweet, Kendal Mint Cake, thought to have been made unintentionally and later supplied for an energy food to Ernest Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition. From around the 14th C the production of wool was very important for Kendal and various important industries whereby its locals have eked out a living included shoe making, the manufacture of pipe tobacco & tobacco snuff.

Kendal History: From the first up to 4th centuries AD, the Romans held control of the Kendal region, displacing the Brigantes people, they built a fortress in approximately the first century AD, eventually doing trade with the dispossessed Brigantes so as to keep the fortification supplied.

The Celts (the Combrogi tribe) held control right after the Romans departed, and at the time of the Norman conquest the Anglo-Saxons were in charge. The appearance of the invading Normans resulted in the raising, during the 12th century, of a substantial stone castle (now known as Kendal Castle) on Castle Hill. Perhaps most widely known as being the home of the Parr family, Kendal Castle is often claimed to be the place of the birth of Henry the Eighth's sixth spouse, Catherine Parr, but as the castle was past repairing about the time she was given birth to, this would seem to be not very likely.

Kendal was granted a Market Charter in 1189, and this market was always significant for the area ever since those far off days, the charter in actual fact still holds today and it allows Kendal the legal right to host a market on Saturdays.



The town of Kendal can be found in the South Lakeland District the county of Cumbria, in England, United Kingdom, to the south of Penrith & Carlisle, it is accessed by railway via the FirstTranspennine Express and by driving by means of the A65, A684 and A6 highways.

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A selection of Kendal streets and roads: Parkside Road, Peat Bank, Queens Road, Lumley Road, Little Aynam, Stonecross Gardens, Edgecombe Court, Aynam Place, Kent Park Avenue, White Moss Court, Captain French Lane, Ash Meadow, Willow Drive, Bridge Lane, Kirkbarrow Lane, Bankfield Road, Broad Ing, Copperfield Lane, Blea Tarn Close, Allhallows Lane, High Tenterfell, Buttermere Drive, Whinfell Drive, Low Garth, Kilner Close, Kentrigg Walk, Earle Court, Kirkstone Close, Newbiggin, Wattsfield Road, Garden Road, Stainbank Road, Cliff Terrace, Aynam Road, South Road, Park Street, Mint Bridge Road, Rydal Mount, Birkbeck Close, Crag View, Thirlmere Road, Rowan Tree Crescent, Castle Green Close, River Bank Road, Scafell Drive, Castle Dale, Wasdale Close, High Sparrowmire, Wilson Street, Fowl Ing Lane, Hawthorn Gardens.

Attractions, places of interest, things to do and places to visit in and around Kendal: The Brewery Arts Centre, Museum of Lakeland Life, Low Sizergh Barn Dairy Farm, Kendal Museum, Castle Howe, Dorothy Farrers Spring Wood, St Georges Church, Serpentine Woods, Kendal Via Ferrata, Whitbarrow, Lakeland Maze and Farm Park, Kendal Parish Church, Hervey Memorial Reserve, The Museum of Natural History and Archaeology, Friends Meeting House and the Quaker Tapestry, Levens Hall, Kendal Castle, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Holmescales Activity Centre, Lakeland Climbing Centre, Lambrigg Fell, Potter Fell, Burns Beck Moss, Netherfield Cricket Club Ground, Howe Riddings Wood, Lakeland Radio Stadium (Kendal Town FC), Kendal Leisure Centre, Sizergh Castle and Garden.

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