Kendal is an old market town, situated on the edge of one of the most beautiful parts of the country – England's "Lake District National Park". A pleasant 30 minutes drive East, lies the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Together they make Kendal a perfect base for walkers and sightseers alike. The town’s unique blend of history, culture and first class shopping makes it a very popular destination for visitors.
Facts about Kendal
1. Some historians claim Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife and the only one to outlive him, was born in Kendal Castle.
3. Kendal has been famous for its production of snuff since way back in 1792. It is still manufactured in the town using traditional methods.
4. Kendal Mint Cake accompanied Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay on the first ever successful ascent of Everest in 1953.
5. The Quaker Tapestry, chronicling Quaker life throughout the centuries, is Kendal's own version of the Bayeux Tapestry.
6. A nickname, The Auld Grey Town, has been acquired by Kendal because of the colour of the limestone used to construct many of its buildings.
7. The inspiration for the children’s story book character Postman Pat, written by John Cunliffe, came from Kendal and the surrounding area.
8. Alfred Wainwright, famous for his guides to the Lakeland fells, lived in Kendal.
9. Kendal is twinned with Rinteln in Germany (20 minutes from Hamelin of Pied Piper fame) and Killarney in Ireland.
10. Steven Hall, a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent 2011, is from Kendal.
11. Kendal was home to the famous K Shoes. In its heyday the company employed 20% of the working population of Kendal, having at least one member of every family in the town on its books!
13. Kendal's motto is "Pannus mihi Pannis", which means 'Wool (or cloth) is my Bread'. Its coat of arms depicts the implements (bale hooks) used for lifting the heavy bales of fleeces or wool. Other items shown are teasels, their spiny seed heads being used to bring up the nap or fluff on the surface of the finished cloth. Find out more here.
12. The town’s Kendal Bowmen fought at The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 alongside Thomas Strickland of nearby Sizergh Castle, who famously carried the banner of St. George. King Henry V promised Thomas Strickland jewels if he fought at Agincourt. However, due to insufficient numbers, the English guards decided to massacre the surviving French knights. This change in tactics significantly decreased the required ransom monies, resulting in the Kings’ refusal to pay. Read more about it here.