This extensive collection of over 200 archive photographs and images gives a fascinating glimpse into the old market town of Kendal. Although the years have seen changes, the town still retains much to illustrate its long and engaging story. The once thriving industries involving the woollen and leather trades, brewing and snuff-making have declined almost to extinction, but many small industries still thrive and new ones have emerged. Much of the enchantment of the old yards has disappeared but there are still nooks and crannies to attract the attention of the curious. Glimpses of these are shown in the photographs. Tourists almost outnumber residents in the summer months and on market days the town is filled with eager shoppers from the town and the villages around. Above all, Kendall is its people and it is they who give life to these images, prompting memories for all who have lived there. To the visitor they give an insight into how people lived in a relatively peaceful age before the pervasive motor car changed lives for ever.
Arthur Nicholls is a prolific local historian and author of such works as Kendal: A History and Celebration and Discover Kendal.
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