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The objects most worthy of notice here are the manufactories. The chief of these are of Kendal cottons (a coarse woollen cloth) of linseys, toilonets, kerseymeres, callicoes, and of knit worsted stockings. Also a considerable tannery is carried on in this town. The less (sic) manufactures are, of fish hooks, of waste silk (which is received from London, and after scouring, combing, and spinning, is returned) of ivory combs, and of wool cards, in which branch considerable improvements have been made by the curious machines invented here for that purpose. There are other articles of industry well worth seeing; as the mills for scouring, fulling, and frizing cloth, for cutting and rasping dying wood, &c. But what is most to the credit of this place, is, that notwithstanding many inconveniences, which this town has laboured under, the manufactures have all along continued to flourish, and have of late years been greatly increased by the spirit and industry of the inhabitants. These manufactures are particularly noticed so early as the reign of King Richard II, and Henry IV. when special laws were enacted for the better regulation of Kendal-cloths, &c. [1]
[1] About a mile and a half from Kendal, on the road to Ulverston, is Scout-scar, a high rock, on which is a terrace of about a mile in length, facing the west, from which there is a most extensive and surprising view, which you come upon all at once as you approach the top, and is equal, if not superior, to most of the views in this romantic country.
At Mr. Todhunter's Museum, in Kendal, may be seen a large collection of fossils, and other articles of natural history, mostly of this country, as well as various articles of antiquity, ancient armour, coins, medals, sculpture, carvings in wood, and various other curiosities well worth the attention of tourists.
A quarry of marble has lately been discovered near this town, which produces quite a new variety. It is of different colours, beautifully variegated, and takes the highest polish. When inlaid in statuary marble it has the best effect, and is equal, if not superior, to any imported from Greece or Italy. Chimney-pieces, and other ornamental works are made of it, and of the common limestone of the country, which also polishes very fine, in a good style, by Mr. Francis Webster, in Kendal, who has erected a mill for sawing and polishing the same.
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