John Cunliffe lived in Kendal and based the Postman Pat books on the former post office at Greenside. The adventures featured nearby Kentmere and Longsleddale.
K Shoes started making shoes in Kendal in the 19th century (the ‘K’ standing for ‘Kendal’). You can explore the history of shoe-making in Kendal at the K Shoes Heritage Centre.
George Romney (1734-1802), the well-known English portrait painter was born at Dalton-in Furness and served his apprenticeship in Kendal. There’s a plaque commemorating his life and work outside Kendal Town Hall. Some of his most well-known works can be seen at Abbot Hall Art Gallery.
Alfred Wainwright (1907-1991), writer of the famous pictorial guides to the Lakeland fells, was treasurer of Kendal Borough Council for 19 years and honorary curator of Kendal Museum.
Kendal’s most famous woollen cloth was Kendal Green, said to have been worn by the Kendal Bowmen. Shakespeare refers to ‘Kendal-green’ in Henry IV (Part I).
Samuel Gawith & Co is the only remaining producer of Kendal Brown Snuff – a product of trade from North America and the Caribbean.