KEMPTEN , a
See also:town in the
See also:kingdom of
See also:Bavaria on the
See also:Iller, 81 m . S.W. of
See also:Munich by
See also:rail . Pop . (1905), 20,663 . The town is well built, has many spacious squares and attractive public grounds, and contains a
See also:castle, a handsome town-
See also:hall, a gymnasium, &c . The old palace of the abbots of Kempten, dating from the end of the 17th century, is now partly used as barracks, and near to it is the
See also:fine abbey
See also:church . The
See also:industries include wool-
See also:spinning and
See also:weaving and the manufacture of paper,
See also:hosiery and matches . As the commercial centre of the
See also:Algau, Kempten carries on active
See also:trade in
See also:timber and
See also:dairy produce . Numerous remains have been discovered on the Lindenberg, a
See also:hill in the vicinity . Kempten, identified with the
See also:Roman Cambodunum, consisted in early times of two towns, the old and the new . The continual hostility that existed between these was intensified by the welcome given by the old town, a
See also:free imperial city since 1289, to the Reformed doctrines, the new town keeping to the older faith . The
See also:Benedictine abbey of Kempten, said to have been founded in 773 by Hildegarde, the wife of Charlemagne, was an important
See also:house .
In 1360 its
See also:abbot was promoted to the dignity of a
See also:prince of the
See also:Empire by the emperor
See also:Charles IV.; the town and abbey passed to Bavaria in 1803 . Here the Austrians defeated the French on the 17th of
See also:September 1796 . See FOrderreuther, Die Stadt Kempten and ihre Umgebung (Kempten, 1901) ; Haggenmuller, Geschichte der Stadt and der gefursteten Grafschaft Kempten, vol. i . (Kempten, 1840) ; and Meirhofer, Geschichtliche Darstellung der dinkwurdigsten Schicksale der Stadt Kempten (Kempten, 1856) .
SIR JAMES KEMPT (1764-1854)
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