Monday, 2 February 2015

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.

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