Stricklandgate House

The centre for voluntary organisations in South Lakeland

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Tobacco in Kendal

If you go down Lowther Street in Kendal, and look up at the wall on your right, you will see perched on high a figure of a Saracen or Turk, smoking a long-stemmed pipe and holding a roll of tobacco.

What is he doing there, in this narrow street now filled with traffic and not very friendly to pedestrians?

To find out we have to look back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st.

[Image: Gawiths Turk 2010]
enlargeGawiths Turk 2010