Kendal – Elephant Yard shopping centre

 
Location : Kendal
Grid Ref SD 514928

 
Elephant Yard – Stricklandgate, LA9 4QQ. Tel: 01539 720170

 

Kendal - Elephant Yard.

 

The Elephant Yard shopping centre is just opposite the Westmorland Shopping centre on Stricklandgate.
 
It is built on the site of the old Elephant Inn, and creates a key link between Kendal’s main street and the Marks and Spencer superstore. It offers disabled access to all shops and facilities.

 

Kendal - Elephant Yard.

 

Kendal - Elephant Yard.

 

The land on which Elephant yard stands was once the property of cloth merchant Thomas Sandes who also owned Grandy Nook on Low Fellside, and built the Sandes Almshouses in Highgate. After his death in 1681 his house of Stricklandgate became the Elephant Inn.
 
It was rebuilt c1820 with a dining room seating 100, and with stabling for 25 horses. In the 1800’s around 60 people lived in the yard behind the inn, which closed in 1909.

 

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Photos by Matthew Emmott.

 

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