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Kendal Castle, Kendal

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Kendal Castle is a medieval fortification to the east of the town of Kendal, Cumbria, in northern England. The castle, which is atop a glacial drumlin, was built in the 12th century as the Caput baroniae for the Barony of Kendal. By the 15th century, the Parr family owned the castle. Queen Catherine Parr was once thought to have been born at the castle; however, modern research has shown that it was in great disrepair by the 16th century and she was most likely born in Blackfriars, London.
The castle was probably built in the late 12th century as the home of the Lancaster family who were Barons of Kendal. The best-known family associated with the castle was the Parr family; including Queen Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of King Henry VIII of England. Her family had lived at Kendal since her ancestor Sir William Parr married the heiress of Kendal, Elizabeth Ros, during the reign of Edward III of England. By the time Catherine Parr was born, the family had long deserted the castle which was already falling into disrepair. Catherine's father preferred to live in the centre of court in London. Sir Thomas's father seems to be the last of the Parrs to have lived at Kendal Castle.
The building has been a ruin since Tudor times but imposing stonework remains are still present.
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  • The walk to the top was 10min from the main shops. You’ll walk along some lovely terraces where the terrain gets quite steep but as castles are usually on hills, it’s to be expected so wear comfortabl...  more »
  • My wife and I climbed the castle hill involuntarily because we had to walk back from Kendal town centre to our hotel. Aged knees complained greatly but when we got there the views were very good. Ther...  more »
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