Kendal Castle


Standing upon a drumlin overlooking Kendal in the Kent Valley are the remains of Kendal Castle. A rare example in Cumbria of an enclosure castle, the first such castles were constructed at the time of the Norman Conquest. The castle was built upon the a late 12th century ringwork which was a medieval fortification occupied from the late Anglo-Saxon period.


Dating to the 13th century, the castle retains significant structural fabric. The main hall was of two storeys and was the most important building in the castle. The centre for administration and defence for Kendal, the manor hall originally contained the great hall which was located on the first floor.


Beneath the eastern part of the hall are two storage cellars (above) with vaulted ceilings.


Once called the Troutbeck Tower, the northwest tower (below) is cylindrical and was originally of three storeys. Kendal Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.


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