Booking window from the Kings Arms Hotel
This beautiful coloured glass is from the original booking window at the Kings Arms Hotel in Kendal. Passengers bought tickets here for coaches running to all parts of the country. The window was removed from the hotel when it closed in 1934.
Horse drawn coaches were the most efficient mode of transport before railways. The first recorded keeper of the Kings Arms hotel was Mrs Rowlandson in 1696. Between 1728 and 1800 four of its landlords held office as mayor. Posters advertising travels announced “Coaches leave the inns every morning at 6 o’clock through Lancaster and Preston, to Liverpool and Manchester in 9 hours certain, at very reduced fares.”
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