Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Sedbergh Walk 1

Walk 1 of my short walks around Sedbergh
Map of Walk 1. See this in detail on Ordnance Survey Custom Maps.
We start our walk at the east end of Sedbergh Main Street
We cross the main road into Vicarage Lane.
Along Vicarage Lane. Nice old iron fence on the right. We see this type of fence a number of times on our walk. These fences around Sedbergh wear well, they go a nice rusty colour and over time get damaged into shapes that are works of art. Obviously, best if not too damaged.
On our left as we walk down Vicarage Lane, a stand of ash trees. Six majestic ash trees.
To the end of the lane under the ash branches.
Through the kissing gate.
Then immediately left along a narrow track.
Along the track with the distressed fence to our left.
To a wooden kissing gate.
Then after the gate, through the pinch point.
At the end of this section of path is an enormous sycamore tree. In late summer flanked by buddleia and in spring by laburnum.
Another pinch point at the end of this section by the old vicarage. The distressed iron fence quite clear on the left. I love the weathered look of these fences.
Carry on along the path with Sedbergh Primary School on your left and a second giant sycamore on your right.
I will add to these photos as I get more pics processed, right to the end of the walk.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Slovenian Visitors to Sedbergh – June 2015

Concert in Sedbergh attended by the mayor of Zreče and the Slovenian Ambassador to the UK, 29th and 30th June 2015
Two videos taken at St Andrew’s Church, Sedbergh at a concert attended by visitors from Zreče and the Slovenian Ambassador to the UK, Mr Tedej Rupel and his wife Valentina and their family.

Ambassador Tadej Rupel addresses the people of Sedbergh (photo by Joan Abbott)

Young people from Slovenia perform a song. (photo by Joan Abbott)

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Historic Street Typography in Sedbergh

An old faded sign in Sedbergh Main Street shows what once said, ‘Licensed Betting Office’ and scratched over the top you can just make out ODANA. So what is Odana? Odana was a snack bar where The Haddock Paddock fish and chip shop is now. I am told that ODANA was an acronym for One Damned Adventure Now Another. The owners went on to run a takeaway restaurant of the same name in Northallerton and after it was sold new proprietors never changed the name, so there is still, in 2015, a takeaway in Northallerton called Odana.
You can just see ODANA etched into the wood.
picture courtesy Tony Hutt
Odana in Sedbergh when it was first opened, photo 1961 or 62.
picture courtesy Tony Hutt
By 1964 or 65 when this picture was taken, the brickwork had been rendered, as it still is. And in the window, was a dog, though possibly not always. Carol Proctor says, ‘used to go to the snack bar after Sedbergh dances each Saturday night, it was a bit like a youth club, all the youngsters used to meet there’.
I like hand-lettering and Odana Sedbergh in the 1960s is especially good fun.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Magical Mystery Message

I like hieroglyphs, especially when I don’t know what they mean. I suppose that if you need to know, then you will know. Magic symbols. Lends an air of mystery.

Street Typography in Sedbergh

My absolute favourite lettering is on the United Reformed Church in Sedbergh, which was built as the Congregational Church. The lettering style is Gothic and may have come direct from from Glossary of Ecclesiastical Ornament by Augustus Pugin (the Victorian Catholic architect who designed the Big Ben Clock Tower and the interior of the Houses of Parliament). The lettering shown in that book and reproduced on the blogger page Modern Medievalism. Very stylish though, for all its antiquity.
I love the upper-case H and N which are more now what we’d call lower-case in style. Never get away with it now, the ‘experts’ would argue with firm authority that it contravened Disability Discrimination checks.
Erected 1828 : Enlarged 1871
The stone is Blue Rag, the hard slate that was dug up from quarries nearby in the nineteenth century, many nineteenth-century grand buildings in Sedbergh are constructed from Blue Rag, with softer sandstone coping stones that I believe were quarried somewhere near Tebay, or was it Penrith?
At the other end of the United Reformed Church, some pleasing flowing twirly carving.
This end of the building will be a more recent construction, with those stones, which may just be facing-stones over a breezeblock wall.
At one time, there was a licensed betting office in Main Street. Nice narrow letter to get all the text on the block.
Suitable-coloured door. Though of course it may not have been that colour when it really was a betting office. Now it is the store for the grocery shop next door.
The red door in context.
Look up, and ponder the pride of 1826. But what was established in 1826? No longer do we know. The building was the NatWest Bank until 15 January 2015. I think it might have been the District Bank before that was taken over by NatWest. The upstairs floors are a flat, where it looks like someone may have had some trouble keeping warm.
John Herbert Upton of Ingmire, on the Anglican church wooden door. The Gothic lettering is similar to that on the Congregational Church but the upper-case H is different; more like a modern H.
There’s more! Of course there’s more, and as soon as I get round to photographing it, there’ll be a little less more than there was.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Sedbergh’s Lampposts

My favourite lamppost in Sedbergh is on Winder Drive, the one that still has its lamplighter-ladder supports.
There are two of nearly similar design in Bainbridge Road, on these though the ladder supports look more ornamental than useful and there’s more of a knurled summit to the pole. No so clean and utilitarian as Winder Drive’s.
Bainbridge Road also has a twirly lamppost, the only one in Sedbergh outside of Sedbergh School’s grounds.
Sedbergh School grounds have three twirly lampposts, one hiding behind the hedge by the cricket pavilion and the other two on the driveway that comes in from Loftus Hill. These have much more attractive lamp holders than the municipal ones on Bainbridge Road. (Must do some photos on a more accommodating day!)
On Winder Drive, too, is an old lamppost, no longer with a lamp, that has a single lamplighter-ladder support. This looks properly genuine, as many lampposts did have just a single support, in the days when the lamplighter actually came along with his ladder and lit the gas (an event I remember as a child in London).
The modern lampposts on Back Lane and Woodside Avenue have faux ladder supports, no one is going to rest a ladder on them! Bit posy really.
Those on Back Lane rock in the wind, which I suppose is entertaining.
There’s quite a nicely battered rusty one on Main Street, on which those on Back Lane are presumably based, though the lamplighter-ladder supports still look a bit doubtful from the utilitarian perspective.
Oh me! Oh my! I hope the little lady passes by!