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SEDBERGH: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1829.

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"SEDBERGH, is a small market-town, in the parish of its name, in the wapentake of Ewecross, west riding, 269 miles from London, and 10 from Kendal; situated in a secluded and fertile vale, among rugged mountains. The principal manufacture here is cotton, and there is a mill a short distance from the town, at which a considerable number of persons are employed. There are here a parish church, two Methodists chapels and a friends' meeting-house; but the distinguishing public institution of Sedbergh is its amply endowed free grammar school, founded by Roger Lupton, D.D. provost of Eton. The appointment of the master is in the master and fellows of St. John's college, Cambridge. The poor of Sedbergh are benefited by several charitable bequests, and there is a charity applied to the relief of decayed householders, belonging to the township, not receiving parochial assistance. The town is governed by a constable, elected annually by the ley-payers, and a court for the recovery of small debts has been recently instituted. Coal is obtained sufficient for supplying the Inhabitants, from a mine about two miles and a half from the town, and the Bother, which passes near to it, abounds with trout. The market-day is on Wednesday; and the fairs are March 20th, the first Wednesday after Whit-Sunday, and the 29th of October chiefly for farming stock. The parish of Sedbergh is divided into three townships, viz. Sedbergh, Dent and Garsdale, which collectively contained, by the parliamentary census of 1821, 4,483 inhabitants, of which number 2,022 were of the township of Sedbergh."

[Transcribed from Pigot's National Commericial Directory for 1828-29 ]
by Colin Hinson ©2007