Pannus mihi panis'Pannus Mihi Panis'
Wool is my bread.
Well according to my husband, this is the translation of the Latin which you will find over the entrance to Kendal Town Hall who is from this particular part of Cumbria
History of Kendal now in Cumbria but formerly Westmorland
Gateway to southern Lake District and steeped in history it is still easy to see how the limestone buildings of Kendal lent it the nickname of the the Auld Grey Town.
The trades have changed through the ages. Until the Industrial revolution Kendal was a hub for the Westmorland wool trade. Another change has been the more recent closure of K shoes. Although they are no longer manufactured in Kendal, the legacy of the Kendal shoe factory shop continues and is currently found on the high street.
Two trades which have survived the test of time are the ever famous Kendal Mint Cake and perhaps lesser known the manufacture of snuff, which is still produced using some of the original machinery.
Kendal is becoming a fabulous place to shop. A clever compromise of the new with the old, with a great mixture of high street stores and individual retailers.
Kendal things to doIn a converted stable opposite the Abbot Hall the Museum of Lakeland Life is a great way to glimpse into the history of the area. Free fun worksheets are available for children to complete as you walk down a Edwardian Street and experience an 18th century kitchen. Opening hours and more information of this Kendal Museum here.
Kendal Brewery Arts CentreTheatre, Dance, Comedy, Jazz and of Screen showings - There is always something worth checking out at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. They also have some rather good places to eat and drink there including the Grain Store Restaurant, Vats Bar and Warehouse Cafe. There is also a child-friendly cafe for those with younger tots. Find out what's currently on at the Kendal Brewery Arts Centre.
Kendal CastleThe ruins of Kendal Castle are a great place for a short walk out of Kendal or for a family picnic.
Kendal Torchlight ParadeUnfortunately the 2012 Kendal Torchlight Parade has been cancelled due to lack of funding and volunteers. Please get involved if you can, to ensure that the procession CAN go ahead in 2013. More information here.
Kendal Climbing Wall - Lakeland Climbing CentreFrom taster sessions for beginners to more challenging opportunities for the experienced climber.
The facilities at Kendal are amongst the best anywhere and sessions can be tailored to your own group or if you prefer a private session.
In addition to the Kendal Climbing Wall the Lakeland Climbing Centre can organise outdoor climbing activities.
Read more about the Kendal Climbing Wall and other activities at the Lakeland Climbing Centre.
Kendal Shopping Centre
Kendal Market & Farmers MarketKendal is a historical market town with and charter for Saturday markets can be dated back to 1189. The Outdoor Market is held every Saturday and Wednesday. The Indoor Market is open 6 days a week entrance to the the Westmorland Shopping complex. The market hall dates back to 1886 and is a mixture of permanent stalls and 'tables' selling home made goodies such as home made butter fudge and home made lemon curd.
The Farmers Market usually takes place in the Market place on the last Friday of each month, 9.30am - 3.30pm.
Elephant Yard and Westmorland CentreIf you are after High Street chains then Elephant Yard and the Westmorland Centre are off Strickland Gate (the main high street running through Kendal) Kendal.
Download a free map of Kendal town centre here.
K Village KendalK shoes may no longer be manufactured in Kendal in Cumbria but they have left their legacy with The K Village.
The K Village has recently re-opened in Kendal as an outlet centre with many discount shopping opportunities, including of course shoes. Check here for opening hours and directions to K Village outlet centre.
Kendal Coffee ShopsThere are many Kendal Coffee shops to choose from. Certainly worth a mention are the Chocolate House cafe and Farrers on the main street, who still roast and grind their own coffee beans.
The Chocolate House dates back to 1657 and offers 18 different types of hot chocolate as well as delicious chocolate cakes and light lunches. To find the Chocolate House wander down the cobbled street leading out of the market square. Check here to confirm opening hours of the Chocolate House.
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