1a. The Cumbrian Town of Kendal
Time out for a day visit to an old Westmorland market town of Kendal which functions as the southern gateway for many visitors to the classic Lake District in Cumbria
See also 1b. Churches in Kendal Town
Kendal: The importance of Kendal as a town dates back to medieval times and the Market Place is at its centre off Strickland Gate (above and below) and as good a starting point as any for a walking around the town.
Kendal: The Highgate area.
Kendal: The tower and entrance of the Town Hall in Highgate.
Kendal: The Town Hall clock tower?
Kendal: The fine solid Georgian? building of the Highgate Hotel dated 1769.
To the dwellers in this place God grante peace!
Kendal: The buildings of Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum down Peppercorn Road.
Kendal: The old Kendal Grammar School (established in 1525) or the Vicarage?
The appropriately named Ring O' Bells pub by the Parish Church - tower in the right background.
Signs for plenty of things to visit in Kendal.
The River Kent flows through Kendal providing a most pleasant aspect when walking on the paths on the river bank.
You can leave the town centre and head for the River Kent, along which there is a most pleasant walk - with the Parish Church in the background. On crossing the river you can then climb up to Kendal Castle, set on a hill in a commanding position above the town.
Kendal Castle: The ruins of the 13th century Kendal Castle overlooking Kendal Town (but actually the second castle built in Kendal - see further down for the 1st).
Kendal Castle: Walking up the hill approaching the castle ruins.
Kendal Castle: Looking down on to Kendal Town from the castle hill.
Kendal Castle: A large section of the massive moat can still be seen ...
... still partly filled with water from recent heavy rain!
Kendal Castle: The ruins of the main hall of the old castle.
Kendal Castle: Telephoto shot looking down onto Kendal town, the River Kent and the distant hills of the Lake District.
Kendal Castle: The whole point about castles is to enable 'children' to play in them!
Kendal: The weir and main northern road bridge of the A65 over the River Kent.
Kendal: The sturdy building of a pharmacy on the junction of Captain French Lane and Highgate.
Kendal: The original 11th century Norman Motte and Bailey of the first Kendal castle which was abandoned in the 13th century in favour of the 2nd castle across the River Kent on another hill (see above). This hill is now known as Castle Howe and has an 18th century obelisk on the top.
Kendal: The Miles Thompson pub is the latest use for Shearman House opened in 1864 by local philanthropists as a wash-house and employed 22 washerwomen. The 70 feet chimney survives to mark it out from most buildings in the town!
Kendal: The Olde Fleece Inn is one of the oldest pubs in Kendal Town and quite a nice little building.
Kendal: Back to the Market Place off Stricklandgate.
Kendal: The handsome red sandstone Carnegie building of the Public Library.
Kendal: One of the old schools in Kendal dating from 1659.
The Kendal Museum on Station Road
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Cafes, Pubs, Restaurants etc.
Kendal Youth Hostel is in the large building complex of the Brewery Arts Centre.
Kendal: The Brewery Arts Centre complex includes a cafe, bar, restaurant, gallery and theatre.
Kendal: The very comfortable chairs of the Warehouse Cafe in the Brewery Arts Centre to take a little refreshment before heading for holiday cottage in Windermere.
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