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The woollen manufactures of Kendal have been noted since 1331, when Edward III.
Other manufactures of Kendal are machine-made boots and shoes, cards for wool and cotton, agricultural and other machinery, paper, and, in the neighbourhood, gunpowder.
The outline of a Roman fort is traceable at Watercrook near Kendal.
The barony and castle of Kendal or Kirkby-in-Kendal, held by Turold before the Conquest, were granted by William I.