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Kendal Civic Society

“Preserve the best of the past, promote the best of the new”
With this aim the Society began in 1963, embarking on an ambitious programme of street improvement schemes, building conservation projects and traffic studies

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Castle Howe and Serpentine

Sunday 28 July 2024
Castle Howe, Kendal's first Norman Motte and Bailey Castle, stands on Kendal Fell and was probably the baronial centre of Kirkland until the Reformation. In 1788 a large obelisk, designed by Francis Webster, was erected on the summit of the Motte to celebrate the centenary of the Glorious revolution of 1688. It now overlooks what was a Victorian bowling green. Kendal Fell was also the site of Beast Banks, the first animal market and slaughter area. Higher up the fell there were Tenterframes where Kendal's wool was stretched to dry and be spun. At the summit Serpentine woods is a leafy labyrith of trails and mystery.
Brewery Arts Centre Main Door
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Merchant Kendal

Sunday 11 August 2024
Cloth, Shoes, Mintcake and Black Drop are goods that made Kendal famous, but walk the streets of Kendal and remember the businesses of your childhood - Bateman's toffee, Brennand's sausage, Rigg's bakery, Greenbanks vegetables, Briggs boot store, Tognarelli's and Peruzza's ice cream and the original Booths. Remember the incredible Kendal Cooperative Society stores . Walk back in time to discover the older merchants of Kendal.
Stricklandgate House
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Fellside - 'Brats, Bare Knuckles and Salvation'

Sunday 25 August 2024
Climb the Cobbles of Kendal Fell to what was one of the poorest and yet fascinating areas of the town. Struggling to survive, the community was strong and loyal, but constantly 'cocking a snook' at the establishment. Hear tales of heroism, religious conversion and mischief in Fellside dialect.
The Birdcage. Finkle Street
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Industrial Kendal - Trades, Guilds and Development

Sunday 30 June 2024
Trace the development of industry from the water mills and wool trade to the expansion of the yards with dyers, dry salters, tanners, potters, timber and coal merchants and breweries. Note the success of Kendal's snuff and shoe makers - also iron founding, horn works and the famous mint cake!
Kendal Town Hall
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Kendals' Yards

Sunday 16 June 2024
Explore the Old Yards of Kendal, once agricultural burgage plots which became the backbone of Kendal’s wool industry. Imagine the tanners, dry salters, shear men dyers, metal works, timber works, potters, brewers and coal merchants working in these narrow lanes. Imagine the social conditions as the Yard population trebled rapidly but still thrived with enterprise and community spirit.
The Town Hall
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Inns Taverns & Alehouses - Past & Present

Sunday 2 June 2024
Take a fascinating walk into the past and discover the location and sheer number of the town's public houses. Link their existence to the development of Kendal's industry and social and living conditions from 18c to the present day. Experience a pint at a local brewery at the end of your walk.
Kendal Parish Church Main Door
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Kirkland & Parish Church - 'Abbot, Maypole & Black Drop'

Sunday 3 September 2023
Discover the ginnels, yards, and history of the oldest area of the town established in medieval times when the original Abbot Hall was occupied by monks. Hear stories of hermits, opium, grammar schools, Maypole, stocks and taverns. Admire one of the most beautiful churches in the country.
Kendal Parish Church
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Kendal Castle & Canal - ‘Barons & The Black and White'

Sunday 13 August 2023
Ascend Kendal Castle Hill to see the breathtaking views of the Kent Valley and the ruined residence of the Barons of Kendal, with the Parr family’s royal connections! Tread the old horse tow paths of the Kendal Canal and be reminded of industry and leisure boats of times gone by.
Market Place
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The Market Place - 'Proclamation, Power, Punishment & Piety'

Sunday 30 July 2023
The centre of the Borough of Kendal. Hear tales of the Market Charter, Market Cross, Moot Hall and underground dungeon. Discover the different religious communities contribution to the economic growth of Kendal and visit the beautiful Unitarian Chapel and garden.
Market Place
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Fellside & Serpentine - 'Brats, Bare Knuckles and Salvation'

Sunday 16 July 2023
Climb the Cobbles of Kendal Fell to what was one of the poorest and yet fascinating areas of the town. Struggling to survive, the community was strong and loyal, but constantly 'cocking a snook' at the establishment. Hear tales of heroism, religious conversion and mischief in Fellside dialect.
Kendal Town Hall - Main Door
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Inns Taverns & Alehouses - 'Public Houses Past and Present'

Sunday 25 June 2023
Take a fascinating walk into the past and discover the location and sheer number of the town's public houses. Link their existence to the development of Kendal's industry and social and living conditions from 18c to the present day. Experience a pint at a local brewery at the end of your walk.
Kendal Town Hall - Main Door
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Industrial Kendal - 'Trades, Guilds and Development'

Sunday 4 June 2023
Trace the development of industry from the water mills and wool trade to the expansion of the yards with dyers, dry salters, tanners, potters, timber and coal merchants and breweries. Note the success of Kendal's snuff and shoe makers - also iron founding, horn works and the famous mint cake!
Kendal Town Hall