|Residents||28,030 (as of April 29, 2001)|
|ZIP code section||LA9|
|Part of the country||England|
|region||North West England|
|British Parliament||Westmorland and Lonsdale|
Kendal is a city in north west England . It was the largest town in the county of Westmorland , which became part of the newly formed county of Cumbria in 1974 . The city has 28,586 inhabitants (2011), is the administrative seat of the district of South Lakeland and lies on the River Kent . It gets its name from this river.
Kendal was an important market town for centuries. The city is the southern gateway to the Lake District and is connected to the rail network via the Windermere Line , which branches off the West Coast Main Line . There is a direct connection to the M6 Motorway .
In the Middle Ages, Kendal was famous for making woolen fabrics. The heavy “Kendal Green” was particularly famous as it was worn by archers in the wars with the French.
Kendal has twinned cities with:
sons and daughters of the town
- Desmond Bagley (1923-1983), thriller writer
- Ephraim Chambers (around 1680-1740), writer
- Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944), astrophysicist
- Daniel Gardner (1750–1805), portrait painter
- James Orrom (* 1958), designer and professor
- Steve Hogarth (* 1959), singer and keyboardist
- British Sea Power , a band
- Wild Beasts , a band