Kendal comes under the spotlight in the latest book from Lancaster’s former head of museums.
Hornby author Andrew White’s The History of Kendal has more than 260 pages with 200-plus illustrations, some of them seen for the first time.
In 13 chapters it tells the story of the town, its people and its industries.
Starting with the Roman background and the early settlement it goes on to look at the foundation of the borough in the 13th century, which gave the town its present shape and its familiar yards.
There are chapters on maps, the woollen industry, the packmen and carriers who moved the cloth around the country, and the houses and buildings.
Dr White who has written many other books on Lancaster and Whitby in Yorkshire said: “Kendal represents a new venture and has been a fascinating study.
” The town has packed a great deal of history into a short time and a narrow compass.
“It always seems to have been a hard-working place where everyone got on with things and it was packed with interesting characters”.
The book is published by Carnegie Publishing of Lancaster.