Kendal – Castle Dairy
26 Wildman St, LA9 6EN.
The Castle Dairy is Kendal’s oldest inhabited building, built in the early part of the 14th century. Images of England states that it was remodelled in 1560 for Anthony Garnett, but many of the original features still exist.
It was originally a farmhouse incorporating a cross wing hall house. It appears that quite a lot of renovation work has been carried out on the building, including the opening up of some of the original windows that had been bricked up. The upper floor holds a small chapel which reputedly has the smallest window in Kendal, dated to the 14th century.
The local story says that the floor is all that remains of a Roman road that used to run across Wildman Street, along the banks of the river Kent when its route was further to the South West than it is today, eventually joining up with the Roman ford that used to cross the River Kent where Stramongate Bridge is now. However – make of that what you will!
Photos by Matthew Emmott.
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