We are thrilled to have been asked to put the finishing touches to work to improve Kendal’s historic Market Place.  Chris has designed a bespoke bench which will create a stylish centrepiece for the area.

“As a popular meeting place and focal point for Kendal it was important that my design embraced the townscape and history and a big part of my inspiration is taken from the local rivers.

“We will be using both traditional hand-forging methods and modern fabrication techniques to create the unique shape and forms within the steel which depicts flowing water and movement,” said Chris. 

The aim of the scheme in Kendal was to create a high quality, versatile space suitable for hosting a wide range of community-focused events and markets.

Hot-forged bars

creating hot-forged ripples

hot-forged ripples at Chris Brammall, Ulverston

Special tooled hot-forged bars Chris Brammall

Market Place Bench Kendal begins to take shape Chris Brammall


About the improvements to Kendal Market Place 

Some of the recent improvements, while less obvious to the public, have made the space more useable by market traders and festival organisers. The electricity and water supply to Market Place has been upgraded and improvements to the drainage has reduced water pooling in wet weather.  Seating has also been placed around the central lighting columns which were installed by Cumbria County Council earlier in 2017.  

Kendal Town Council and its partners received positive feedback about the Christmas Lights Switch On event in November. Visitors lingered into the evening, boosting trade, due to the well-lit area, additional Christmas lights and new seating.

The initiative to improve and invest in Kendal’s Market Place is led by a project board which includes Kendal Town Council, Kendal Futures, Kendal Civic Society, South Lakeland District Council (SLDC), Cumbria County Council, Kendal BID and the Chamber of Commerce.

Following the outcome of a public consultation earlier this year, the project no longer includes a new central square paved area which many people thought was unimportant and divided public opinion.

The project board says the revised scheme is still in keeping with the original vision of decluttering Market Place to make it more welcoming, versatile and safe for residents and visitors alike.   

Artists sketch by Chris Brammall showing the completed bench design.

Designed by Chris Brammall - Kendal Market Place Bench 2018