In front of the town hall there is a large stone. It may have come from an old cross originally, but for three centuries this stone was used to make official proclamations from.
It is called Ca' Steean. I was looking for an explanation of this unusal name and found it is the short form of Cauld Stean, but this doesn't help me very much. It seems this was the general name of these proclamation stones. Maybe an early form of "cold stone"??
The town hall is a very impressive building with a tall clock tower. I especially liked the stone carvings around the entrance door. The flower boxes are arranged in a way which draws attention to these carvings.
The tourist information is situated there with a very friendly and helpful staff. They also sell some Kendal souvenirs, and lots of Kendal Mint Cake.
When I passed this very pretty building in Kendal and read its name Castle Dairy, I thought this was the place where milk and butter were produced. But a plate informed me that the name comes from the castle dowery.The widows of the barons of Kendals used to live there.
In the second picture you can see the ruins of castle. I didn't have time enough to walk up there, maybe next time.
I have just been on holiday to the wonderful English lake District. After enjoying the fresh air and walking, I treated myself to some sports massage at Staveley Natural Health Centre. What a wonderful experience! This special centre was easy to find, and the range of therapies on offer is amazing! I felt so relaxed after my session, and ready for lots more outdoor activities. Highly recommended.
Don't miss my Levens Hall Travelogue
Levens Hall is the family home of Mr. and Mrs. Hal Bagot. It is one of the finest examples of Elizabethan homes in Cumbria and contains oak panelling, plasterwork, a collection of Jacobean furniture, Cordova leather wall coverings, paintings, the earliest English patchwork and many other beautiful objects. The hall also boasts three ghosts!!!
The world-famous topiary gardens, colourful displays of spring and summer bedding, the massive beech hedges and herbaceous boders containingmany unusual plants are here for you to explore and enjoy.
The fountain Garden was created to mark th tercentenary in 1994 when Levens Gardens were chosen for the prestigious HHA/Christies Garden of the Year Award.