Apparently there were once about 150 "Yards" in Kendal - alleyways between the houses, often named after the owner of the main house at the top of the yard. I can see quite a Blip series developing. This is Yard 83, Dr Manning’s Yard - formerly Braithwaite Yard. Now some very attractive cottages. For any orienteers reading this, the yards make Kendal into excellent urban orienteering terrain.
The wording on the plaque at the entrance to the yard reads:-
“In the house at the top of yard 83 George Braithwaite, dyer, established a drysalter’s business in 1713 supplying dyestuffs, alum, fuller’s earth and other technical materials to the local textile trade.
Down the yard were workers’ cottages, the counting house or office over the archway, a ropewalk, a weaving shed and a dyehouse.
The family were noted Quakers and philanthropists and set up a soup kitchen in the ‘Hungry Forties’ and a School of Industry for poor children.
Dr Manning practiced here for many years in the early 1900’s”