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Kendal was known in ancient times as Kirkby in Kendal. This town alongside the River Kent, within South Lakeland, a district in Cumbria is situated approximately thirteen kilometres (km) southeast of Windermere, thirty-one km north of Lancaster, thirty-seven km northeast of Barrow-in-Furness, and sixty-one km northwest of Skipton.
With a resident population of nearly 29,000, it is Cumbria's third most populated settlement after Carlisle & Barrow-in-Furness.
Contemporary Kendal is largely known as a tourism centre however it is also widely known for Kendal mint cakes, pipe tobacco and snuff. The town buildings were mostly made of a local limestone that was grey in colour, thus earning it the nickname the Auld Grey Towne.
It is listed by the Domesday Book as Cherchebi, a portion of Yorkshire. For centuries, it was known as Kirkbie Kendal, which means 'Village with a church in the valley of the River Kent'. A motte & bailey Norman castle was the earliest known local castle, when this area was named Kirkbie Strickland.
Chartered as a market town, its centre is built around high streets with alleyways that were fortified, commonly called yards by the locals; this allowed locals shelter from raiding parties of Anglo-Scots, which were called Border Reivers. The principal industry during those times was manufacturing woollen products. The town's coat of arms reflects their importance with the Latin motto of 'Pannus mihi panis', which literally translate to 'wool is my bread'. The archers from Kendal, who were influential in England's victory over France in the Agincourt Battle, reportedly wore 'Kendal Green' a fabric that was wool-based, hearty and native to Kendal. Kendal Green was also mentioned in literature and songs from that period. Shakespeare mentioned the Kendal green traditionally worn by many foresters of the time, in Part 1 of Henry IV.
Kendal is the site of many castle ruins, Kendal Castle, built in the latter part of the 12th century, was best known as the family home of Parr. They inherited it through marriage at the time of King Edward III's reign. Gossip persist that Catherine Parr, the sixth wife to Henry VIII was born in Kendal Castle; however, that is very unlikely given the condition of the castle around the time of her birth and the fact that her father was based at Blackfriars in London by then in Henry VIII's court.