Sedbergh  West Riding


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Sedbergh like this:

SEDBERGH, a small town, a township, a parish, and a district, in W. R. Yorkshire. The town stands on the river Rowther, in a romantic mountain vale, 1 mile E of the Ingleton railway, and of the boundary with Westmoreland, and 10 N by E of Kirkby-Lonsdale; is a seat of petty sessions and manorial courts; and has a post-office‡ under Kendal, a r. ...

station, a banking office, three chief inns, a market house and reading-room, a working-men's library and news room, a Norman church, three dissenting chapels, a grammar school, with £464 a year from endowment, and with seven exhibitions at St. John's College, Cambridge, a national school, a British school, a book-club, an agricultural society, alms-houses, a work-house, and charities £255. A weekly market is held on Wednesday; cattle fairs are held on 26 Feb., 20 March, 28 April, and 29 Oct.; pleasure fairs are held on Whit-Wednesday and the Wednesday after 3 Oct.; and there are a cotton mill and two woollen mills. The township contains also seven hamlets, and comprises 21, 402 acres. Real property, £10, 628; of which £456 are in mines, and £12 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 2, 235; in 1861, 2, 346. Houses, 464. Ingmire Hall, the seat of Miss Upton, is the chief residence. The parish contains also the townships of Dent and Garsdale, and comprises, 52, 828 acres. Pop. in 1851, 4, 574; in 1861, 4, 391. Houses, 913. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £400.* patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The chapelries of Dent, Garsdale, Howgill, Kirkthwaite, and Cautley-with-Dowbiggin, are separate benefices. The district is conterminate with the parish. Poor-rates in 1863, £1, 433. Marriages in 1863, 21; births, 131, of which 14 were illegitimate; deaths, 75, of which 21 were at ages under 5 years, and 2 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 305; births, 1, 399; deaths, 863. The places of worship, in 1851, were 6 of the Church of England, with 1,816 sittings; 2 of Independents, with 700 s.; 4 of Quakers, with 540 s.; 4 of Wesleyans, with 866 s.; and 2 of Primitive Methodists, with 415 s. The schools were 9 public day schools, with 500 scholars; 6 private day-schools, with 129 s.; and 14 Sunday-schools, with 905 s.

Sedbergh through time

Sedbergh is now part of South Lakeland district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Lakeland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Sedbergh itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Sedbergh, in South Lakeland and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 27th November 2021

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