One of the things I love about Kendal is all its hidden nooks and crannies… alleys… ginnels… call them what you will. Even now we continue to discover new aspects to the town despite having lived here for a number of years. And I frequently come across long-standing residents who are blissfully unaware that Kendal once had two castles and that the earthwork remains of Kendal’s older motte and bailey castle (Castle Howe) can be found on the western side of the town.
Anway, today I came across something new yet again by stumbling upon a link on the Kendal section of Wikio. This took me to Matthew Emmott’s highly informative Cumbrian Castle Blog which covers not only castles in the county, but also other sites of historical interest. I had seen this site before and have even corresponded with Matthew in the past but was interested by one of his latest posts about a Roman fort in Kendal which I’d not previously been aware of. In my defence, Watercrook Roman Fort isn’t actually all that visible (what is left is buried) and it’s on ground that is not accessible to the public, but it is there nonetheless and various finds from the site can be seen at Kendal Museum.