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Kendal PR – Quaker Walk

News Release – Town’s Quaker history trail now captured for prosperity

credit Sam Ward - a Quaker helped to establish Kendal's National School

A GUIDED walk shedding light on centuries of Kendal’s Quaker history has been captured for prosperity in a new 10 page booklet.

Patricia Hovey from Kendal Civic Society, who has led the walks for over 30 years, was persuaded to commit the details to paper by Bridget Guest at the Quaker Tapestry Museum.

The gentle self-led walk through history brings to life some of the contributions Quakers made over the last 350 years.

As Patricia Hovey explained:
“George Fox came to Kendal in 1652 and the flame he lit blazed into life so that few towns can rival Kendal’s reminders of a Quaker past. By the end of the 18th century, 10-12% of Kendal’s population were members of the Religious Society of Friends, including many of the influential and wealthy families.

“The persecution faced by early Quakers – with restrictions on their religious, political and social freedom enforced by court fines, distrainment of goods, harsh prison sentences, physical cruelty and abuse – only strengthened their beliefs.

“The route provides a fascinating glimpse into Kendal’s Quaker heritage and reveals the stories behind remnants of buildings and parts of the town. It’s also a great way for visitors and locals to get a sense of the town today.”
Starting at the Friends Meeting House on Stramongate the walk takes in the site of two Quaker Schools. The Friends School – connected to two famous scientists John Dalton and Sir Arthur Eddington – and the National School on Beast Banks. And Kendal’s first banks – started by Quakers – of which only two steps survive.

People can also learn about the soup kitchen in Woolpack Yard, which operated in the mid-1800s, and visit Kirkland where many Quakers lived and worked between the 17th and 19th centuries. As well as finding out about the Quaker sponsored Dispensary in Lowther Street, which treated over 29,000 patients free of charge between 1783 and 1855, there are also Quaker links to businesses Gilkes and K Shoes to discover.

Bridget Guest says the walk is an easy amble for a morning, afternoon or evening.

She said: “It takes you places you didn’t know were there and provides some delightful and unexpected views of Kendal which you don’t see when you’re out shopping. The quiz is also a great way to include children in the trail. And if you are keen to find out more our latest display ‘Money, Shoes, Chocolate and All That!’ reveals Quaker links to local names like Braithwaite, Crewdson, Wakefield, and Wilson.”

Written by Patricia Hovey, ‘Kendal and the Quakers, A Discovery Walk’ is edited and published by the Quaker Tapestry.

Monies raised from sales of the booklet, priced at £3 and available from the Quaker Tapestry gift shop, help with upkeep of the Quaker Tapestry Museum which is a charity.


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