Kendal Town Council

Town Hall reveals its ‘hidden’ treasures

Town Hall reveals its ‘hidden’ treasures

In the heart of Kendal there are hidden treasures! The Mayor’s Parlour, in Kendal Town Hall, is a small space containing items of huge importance and beauty that illustrate the history of the town, from the Domesday book onwards.

Following successful sessions earlier this year, Kendal Town Council has invited members of the public to visit the Mayor’s Parlour in a further series of free monthly sessions. Council Heritage Officer, Simon Unsworth, will give a short talk on Kendal’s history and its development as a town of international importance, through its early beginnings to the wool trade and its present, vibrant incarnation as a popular Lakeland market town. Whether it’s Queen Kathryn Parr’s ‘Book of Devotions’ – handwritten by Henry VIII’s surviving wife, the art of George Romney or the town’s historic Charters, its Civic Sword and beautiful Maces, there’s something in the Parlour to fascinate everyone. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the Auld Grey Town and its place in history. Picture highlights include the fascinating ‘Hiring Fair on New Road Common’ by Cuthbert Rigby (1898).

Visits last between last 90-120 minutes and include time for questions. Attendees are welcome to take photographs of most things in the room. The sessions will take place on:

Wednesday    14th June at 10.30am

Wednesday    28th June at 2pm

Wednesday    26th July at 2pm (CANCELLED)

Wednesday    2nd August at 5.30pm (CANCELLED)

Tuesday          15th August at 2pm (CANCELLED)

Thursday        24th August at 10.30am

Booking is essential, as places are limited. To book, email . You’re asked to arrive at the Town Hall 5 minutes before the start time and wait in the foyer where Simon will meet you and take you to the parlour. The Parlour is on the first floor and a lift is available.