The Castle Dairy facts for kids
A Grade I listed building, it is now a restaurant. The building is located on the north side of Wildman Street, near to Stramongate Bridge, to which it may also have some connection.
The two-storey building's exterior is constructed of coursed rubble with quoins. The interior has a central hall with cross wings at either end. It retains numerous historic features, including carvings, fireplaces and original windows, and the interior has been described as exceptionally well preserved.
The upper floor holds a small chapel which has a 14th-century window, reputed to be the smallest window in Kendal.
While the building's original use is uncertain, it may have been a farmhouse or private residence. The name 'dairy' may be a corruption of the word dowry and it has been speculated that the property was the home of a widow at some point.
Around 1560, the building was extensively remodelled for Anthony Garnett and numerous dated features remain.
Renovation and current use
For many years, the building was a restaurant, but this closed in 2007 and the building fell into disrepair. It was included on Historic England's 'Heritage at Risk' register in 2010. South Lakeland District Council approached Kendal College about incorporating the building into its campus and extensive refurbishment took place between March and September 2011. Funding for the £200,000 project came from English Heritage, the district council, the college and two additional organisations, the Savoy Trust and Lakeland Vintners.
The Castle Dairy reopened in October 2011, with the ceremony performed by historian David Starkey, who grew up in the town. The Castle Dairy now operates as an art gallery and a College-run restaurant, with food prepared by Kendal College hospitality students.
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