Castle Dairy Kendal:
The Castle Dairy in Kendal is a medieval building, probably the oldest occupied building in the town.
Some parts of the landmark building dating back to the 14th century and was used during Catherine Parr’s stay.
As the name implies, it must have had connections with Kendal Castle at some point.
A lot of the original features still exist such as a hand-carved four-poster bed.
Furthermore, records show the building was renovated in 1560 for Anthony Garnett.
The building was constructed of course rubble and quoins.
Originally a farmhouse, the upper floor holds a small chapel that reputedly has the smallest window in Kendal.
A local story says that the floor is all that remains of a Roman road that used to run across Wildman Street along the banks of the River Kent but this may just be a story.
The Grade I listed building is now run by Kendal College.
At the beginning of 2020, the college decided on a new direction introducing a programme of quarterly activities for adults.
By using Castle Dairy for adult education and recreational programmes, it is the next chapter in the building’s long history.
The whole house is a 400-year-old time capsule set in a 600-year-old building.