The Quaker Tapestry Museum Kendal

The Quaker Tapestry Museum Kendal

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The Quaker Tapestry Museum Kendal

The Friends Meeting House in Kendal is just off the river between New Road and Stramongate.

The grade 2* Georgian building was designed by local architect Francis Webster in 1816.

Furthermore, it is one of Britain’s largest purpose-built Quaker meeting houses in Britain.

The tapestry exhibition covers 350 years of social history.

It brings Quaker stories to life in more than 77 vibrant embroidered panels.

Each panel telling the stories of people across the centuries who made history with their deeds of discovery.

Notably, this extraordinary achievement was undertaken by 4000 men, women and children.

Consequently, they came from 15 countries between 1981 and 1996.

In 2021, fund raising began for the renovation work on this historic building.

The work is a ‘once in a century’ slating and leadwork upgrade and when completed will last a least another 100 years.

The original parallel pitched roofs, made of graduated Cumbria slate, with a lead valley and gable end chimneys need major refurbishment.

Notwithstanding, the estimated cost of the work is £250,000, with much of the money coming from Quaker funds, grants and donations.

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