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Dorothy C. Maguire

Games could sometimes be dangerous!

Kendal Health and Strength Club at Abbot Hall Park in 1953

Memories of Kendal's athletics club

The Anchorite well, now seen on the Kirkbarrow estate, where a hermit lived

Buildings and streets have their tales to tell

Malcolm Wheatman

Hitching a lift to school on a milk lorry

The Lion in Kendal, which was Troughton's Lodging House in 1878

Poisonous twist to sweet time

Walter Dixon

Memory of soldier Walter lives on with swimming trophy

Malcolm Wheatman

Journalist with the 'gift of the gab'


Evacuation was just like a holiday trip

The  bristling hog on the Black Hall building at Stricklandgate

The famous bristling hog and other animals

Delia Daws

New homes jog some old memories

The young Norman Pascoe at work out at sea

Bustling docks were our adventure playground

First portable radio

Happy with the simple pleasures

Dockwray Hall Mill was devastated by more than one fire in the 1800s. It was demolished in 1940

Kendal names conjure up a fascinating history

The annual trip to Blackpool

The annual trip to Blackpool

Dorothy C. Maguire

A long walk to school for a four-year-old

The widening of All Hallows Lane

No one foresaw what was about to happen

Rise and fall of 'the best country school'

Rise and fall of 'the best country school'

'Curly' Shirley Temple

Trying to be curly like Shirley

Hogarth’s wood-cutting Gin Lane

Gin and chronic in the shops of horror

Malcolm Wheatman

Keeping warm in wartime winter

Beetham Bridge cost just £17,000 to build as an answer to growing congestion problems

Bridge at Beetham was simple way to keep traffic moving

Joan Humphreys as a girl

Leisure time was precious in the 1950s

Dockray Bridge at the north end of Kendal

Kendal bridge built in 1907 is still well-used and appreciated today

Dorothy C. Maguire

Making a playground slide was always the favourite

The first meeting of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club at the iconic Wasterwater Hotel

Mountaineering library finds a perfect home

‘Grange [over] Sands’, from Edwin Waugh’s Over Sands to the Lakes (1860)

Vast plain of sand has a treacherous history

Malcolm Wheatman

Mum's gown scared young war evacuee

An early aeroplane near Appleby Road at Kendal in around 1920

Kendal might have had an airport


Riding the waltzers was such a scream

The 1963 freeman presentation to William Fulton Pennington in Kendal Town Hall

Proud William was made a freeman of the borough

Jean Bland

Dad worked as adders sunbathed

The long, straight yard where twine was stretched in Camm’s Yard

Streets immortalise famous forefathers

Joan Humphreys

A night out for one and ninepence

Joan Collins with the giant mechanical pike

NOSTALGIA: The day Dynasty star posed with a man-eating pike

Malcolm Wheatman

Hills are on a slippery slope!

Joan Humphreys as a girl

Allotments are well worth preserving

Sandes Hospital in Kendal was built in 1659 by wool trader and mayor Thomas Sandes

Tributes to townsfolk who left their mark

Malcolm Wheatman

Tricksters, guns and bandits

Malcolm Whetaman

Recalling Sunday jaunts to Morecambe

Ecroyde (or possibly his father, John) Claxton

NOSTALGIA: Kendal surgeon helped put a stop to the slave trade

The former Sandes Hospital

Hidden memorials to town's greatest people

Do you remember this flood in Kendal?

Photo recalls historic Kendal flood

Milnthorpe Sands, Westmorland, showing Sandside, where many bathers were drowned and carts crossing the channels of the River Kent were lost.

Deaths on Morecambe Bay are an age-old problem

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Bracken-laden cart

Lieutenant Edward Bibby was wounded in a battle at Putot-en-Auge and later captured by the enemy. His body was never found.

Wounded officer who returned to the battle

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Harvest time tea break

Milnthorpe volunteers went off to a Territorial Army camp at Barrow.

World was speeding to outbreak of war

Can you identify this bridge?

Can you name this bridge?

Businessman George Braithwaite set up the soup kitchen in Dr Manning's Yard

Soup kitchen in Kendal was a real life-saver

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A prize-winning fell pony

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