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A kind of woollen cloth woven, or originally woven, in Kendal, a town in Westmorland (now Cumbria); therefore called Kendalcloth, clothkendalles; as an adjective it meant made of Kendal cloth. The earliest references to the cloth date from legislation of 1390, and imply cloth of the poorest quality (see cloth: dimensions and weights). Gowns and hoods of Kendal are mentioned from c. 1443, from earlier Proceedings in Chancery recorded in the reign of Elizabeth 1.

See also the naming of cloth.


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Elizabeth Coatsworth, “Kendal”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 28 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_000918>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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