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10 interesting facts about Kendal

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In no particular order, here are 10 interesting facts about Kendal. Feel free to add any you think we’ve missed by leaving a comment!

1. Some think Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife and the only one to outlive him, was born in Kendal Castle.

2. Kendal actually had two castles. The first was of wooden construction so only the earthworks remain.

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 Sirdar Tensingon on the first ever successful ascent of Everest in 1953.

5. Kendal has its own version of the Bayeux Tapestry. The Quaker Tapestry chronicles Quaker life through the centuries.

6. Kendal is nicknamed the Auld Grey Town because of the colour of the limestone used to make many of the buildings.

7. The inspiration for the children’s 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).

10. Steven Hall, a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent 2011, is from Kendal.

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