Kendal Archive Centre

Kendal County Offices, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4RQ, Tel: 01539 713540, Email:

Sources available at this Archive Centre include:
Records relating to the historic county of Westmorland, and also some for the Sedbergh-Dent district (formerly in the West Riding of Yorkshire) and for the Cartmel district (formerly in Lancashire North of the Sands). These include: Church of England Parishes ** Nonconformist Churches ** Local Authorities, Civil Parishes, Statutory Bodies, Official records, Businesses and Industries, Families and Landed Estates, Solicitors, Societies and Organisations, Schools, Charities. Significant collections include the archive of Thomas H. Mawson, landscape architect of Lancaster and Windermere, late 19th to 20th centuries; Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676) of Appleby Castle records; Sir Daniel Fleming of Rydal Hall papers, late 17th century.

Other material includes:  I.G.I. (Northern counties only) ** Census returns 1841-1901 for Westmorland and the Sedbergh-Dent district (formerly in the West Riding of Yorkshire) **. Census index for Cumberland, Westmorland and the Isle of Man 1881**, Ordnance Survey maps of Westmorland , Probate records (Deaneries of Kendal and Furness, and Carlisle Consistory Court 1536-1860)** Trade Directories, [Newspapers are held at Kendal Library].
** Many of these records are available on microfilm/fiche

The centre also offers: Two public access computers, to allow brief 'look-ups' of a limited selection of useful websites containing local sources, including CASCAT, Ancestry and Find My Past; toilets, photocopying facilities and publications for sale. Our Prior Ordering page gives details of collections which require advance ordering before a visit to our Archive Centres.  We accept only cash or UK cheques in our Archive Centres.
Please note that to see original archives you will need to obtain or already have a valid CARN archive reader's ticket

Finding the Centre, parking and access
LocationDisabled AccessCar ParkingBusesTrains
In basement of County Offices, at the north west of town centre on A5284 for WindermereYes, for wheelchair access please go to signposted access at rear of County Offices and ring the doorbellLimited parking is available at the County Offices. As you sign in to the County Offices, please obtain a permit from Reception.Buses to Kendal stop in the town centre, which is 5 minutes walk from the County Offices.The nearest main line railway station is Oxenholme which is 2 miles from the town centre; taxis or buses can be caught at the station. Kendal Station, which is a short walk from the Archive Centre, is on the Oxenholme - Windermere branch line.