1: Turn back to the A65 and cross the road at the pedestrianised crossing
2: Keeping the road on your right, follow the traffic down the A65
3: Take your first left onto Parr street and walk to the top of the street where you will come across the entrance to the castle
Follow the steps up, making sure to hold the railing and take care on your climb: for those that cannot manage stairs we recommend listening to the audio here.
The castle was built in the early 1200’s and is one of the few English castles that does not have a resident ghost, however is more famous for the ghosts it has produced rather than the ones it keeps. It was the home for the barons of Kendall who had a big influence on the development of Kendall and its surrounding area. The Parr family is the best known of the baronial families, the most famous member being Catherine Parr the 6th and last queen of Henry 8th. Catherine outlived Henry and shortly after married Thomas Seymour, moving to Sudeley Castle to await the birth of their first child, a baby girl named, Mary Seymour. Unfortunately, only 6 days after the birth of her child Catherine died; and is buried in the chapel at Sudeley.. Not long after Catherine’s death her grieving husband Thomas was arrested and executed for treason against the King; a particularly grizzly affair taking two strong blows to remove his head which was then placed on the walls of the city. And as for their daughter? The whereabouts of Mary differ but she disappears from the history books at the age of two. Historians debate whether she was disposed of to eliminate the linage completely, others say she was passed over to another family.
Since her death however, Catherine Parr has been seen roaming the grounds of the castle dressed in a long green dress, a paler version of her former self; always looking, seeking, searching…but for what? her child perhaps? Her presence brings a cold chill to the air and you will feel the temperature drop.
In another sighting a maid, Margaret Parker, working at the castle report seeing a tall, beautiful woman in a long green gown looking expectantly out of a window…..staring….waiting. She mistook the woman for an artist working in the castle on that particular day, however it turned out the artist was not actually in the castle at all. Margaret Parker believes it to have been the ghost of Catherine Parr. So, although Kendall Castle does not have a ghost of its own, its occupants have become them, and it has provided one of the most famous ghosts of England’s rich history.
So it seems wherever you venture in this Town, you are bound to bump into something of the night, whether it be the poisoned chalice of a pair of freed killers, a guardian angel or a brave woman forever walking the streets of fellside.
Keep safe, Travel well, and before you think you are safe at home, make sure you check you room twice, and hope you haven’t brought home an extra friend this day.
Many thanks for all your time.