Kendal Mayoralty

The feature that distinguishes Kendal from most other Parish Councils in Cumbria is the office of Town Mayor.Kendal has had a first Citizen (originally known as the Alderman) since 1575 during the reign of Elizabeth I. The title of Mayor was bestowed by Charles I in 1636 and there have been 270 separate holders of the office up to Cllr Stephen Coleman, our current Mayor for 2016/2017. To download a file showing all holders of the office of Mayor of Kendal please see List of Town Mayors to May 2017 below.list-of-mayors-to-may-2017

Mayor of Kendal 2016/17 is  Cllr Stephen Coleman.

M Parlour 19 May 2016


Some of the famous Kendal names which appear on the Mayoral roll of honour include, Bindloss ( for the first time in 1579 and the last in 1894), Sleddall, Birkett, Strickland, Hadwen, Miller, Mackereth, Braithwaite, Dobson, Maude, Bradshaw, Webster (Kendal’s most famous architect), Wakefield, Gilkes and Somervell (of K shoes).

The people of Kendal purchased the Mayor’s chain in 1875 to celebrate the tercentenary of the Royal Charter, which created the office.  There is a list of Mayor’s of Kendal at the bottom of this section.

On ceremonial occasions the Mayor, is accompanied by the Sword Bearer and two Mace Bearers. The Sword Bearer carries the sword presented to the town by Charles II, which is one of only 20 ever given to a town by the Monarch. The Mace Bearers (originally known as Sergeants of Mace) carry the maces made in 1647/8.

Should you wish to visit the Mayor’s Parlour and to hear about the history of Kendal and to see the town’s regalia and some of the works of art, we can cater for up to 20 people to attend at any one time.
Please contact us to make an appointment.

Heritage Open Days

These take place annually in early September and are lead by local historians and the Mayor’s attendent.

Next Open Day – Friday 8th September 2017

2 sessions commencing at- 11am and 2pm     Please ring either 01539 793490 or book via (Places are imited to 20 per session so pre-booking is advised).  Bookings will be taken from early July 2017.

The Mayor’s Parlour is not usually open to the public, so this is a rare opportunity to learn something of the history of Kendal and the role of its Mayor from the first Alderman in 1575, and to view its historic artefacts, including the Sword of State and Maces, Queen Katherine Parr’s Book of Devotions and the original Town Charters.  The Parlour has full disabled access.