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Kendal: Have Your Mint Cake & Eat It

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A June 2005 trip to Cumbria by Mutt

Kendal Castle Photo, Cumbria, England More Photos
Quote: Kendal markets itself as the "Gateway to the Lakes," and this quaint little market town is well worth a stopover on your way through.

Kendal: Have Your Mint Cake & Eat It

Overview

Kendal Photo, Cumbria, England
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The main appeal of this laid-back little market town is just wandering around aimlessly absorbing the atmosphere. If however you need an aim then head for the crumbling remains of Kendal Castle high on a hill overlooking the city. While you are in town it is well worth paying a visit to the superb Abbot Hall Art Gallery with it...Read More

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

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This magnificent Georgian villa on the edge of town is now the quaint setting for one of the country’s cosiest art galleries, where a fine collection of 18th and 19th century paintings are displayed in authentic setting. The first hall was built the 14th century alongside the Norman parish church for the Abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Mary in York, but after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539, it passed through the hands of various rich families until 1759, when Colonel George Romney had the place completely rebuilt by the eminent architect John Carr. The austere grey building set amidst tree-lined parkland is an imposing site, and once again, became the home for a s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2005

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Kendal, Cumbria
+44 (1539) 722464

Kendal Castle

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Attraction

Kendal Castle Photo, Cumbria, England
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The dramatic ruins of Kendal Castle dominate the old market town, standing high on a drumlin, the tapered ridge left behind at the end of the last ice age a distinctive feature of the Lower Kent Valley. Kendal’s first Norman fortification, Castle Howe, was abandoned in the early 13th century in favour of the new Kendal Castle, which was constructed by Baron Gilbert Fitz Reinfred, sheriff of Lancaster, on the old pastoral lands of the somewhat appropriately named Castle Hill. Oh, all right, maybe the hill was named after the castle was built. The new locat...Read More

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Kendal Castle

Kendal, Cumbria

Museum of Lakeland Life

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The English Lakes brought to life through real objects Curiously tucked-away around the back of the magnificent and imposing Abbot Hall Art Gallery in the slightly less magnificent and imposing old stable block is one of the regions finest little museums. This is a marvellously presented ethnographical collection that attempts to tell the tale of life in the region in times long since gone. It is centred on a detailed recreation of a typical Edwardian street scene, where you can browse the displayed wares of a pharmacy, tailors, photographers, and toyshops gathered from the museum’s extensive collection of Edwardian and Victorian everyday curiosities. ...Read More

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Museum of Lakeland Life
Aynham Rd.
Kendal, Cumbria
+44 (1539) 722464

Exploring Kendal

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Kendal Parish Chruch Photo, Cumbria, England
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The origins of this quaint little market town are shrouded in mystery, but the shaft of a Saxon Cross discovered in the Parr Chapel dates it back to as early as 850. Kendal is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, but the arrival of the Normans ushered in a new era for the town as the motte-and-bailey Castle Howe was constructed for the first Baron of Kendal on a prominent position overlooking the town. This new lord, Baron Ivo de Tailebois, granted the old parish church and its land, still known as Kirklands, to the newly founded Benedict...Read More