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The town of Kendal in Cumbria, England, in the South Lakeland District, was previously known by the name of Cherchbi, as inscribed in the Domesday Book, the first comprehensive survey of England completed in 1086. The town has also been known by the name Kirkbie Kendal, from which the modern name of Kendal, "town on the Kent," is derived.
Kendal has been historically associated with the production of wool, and for a number of years was the most important wool producing city in the country. The town was also located on a major cattle trading route originating in Scotland. The town also has an important market, which continues to this day.
Several castles were built in the area, the most recent one dating to the 1100s. The towns coat of arms was created in 1610 with the motto, pannus mahi panis, or "wool is my bread." The seal depicts panels of teasel and bail hooks on a gold background, reflecting the importance of the wool trade to the development of the town.
Kendal was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1835. The borough was abolished in 1974, when Kendal became part of the South Lakeland district as a civil parish with a town council. Today, Kendal is known for a center of tourism and for Kendal mint cake, a regional specialty consumed on many famous expeditions to the north and south pole, as well as Mt. Everest and K2 mountain.