infobox UK place
country = England
population = 3,691
region= North West England
constituency_westminster= Westmorland and Lonsdale
postcode_district = LA10
static_image_caption=A view of Sedbergh
Sedbergh (pronounced "Sedber" or even, by the locals, "Sebber") is a small town in
Cumbria, England. It lies about convert|7|mi|km|1 east of Kendaland about convert|10|mi|km|1 north of Kirkby Lonsdale. The town lies just within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It lies at the foot of the Howgill Fellson the north bank of the River Rawtheywhich joins the River Luneabout convert|2|mi|km|1 below Sedbergh.
Historically a part of the
West Riding of Yorkshire, Sedbergh has a narrow main street lined with shops. From all angles you can see the hills rising behind the houses. Until the coming of the railwayin 1861, these were remote places that it was possible to reach only by slogging over some fairly steep hills. The railway to Sedbergh was closed in 1965. George Fox, a founder of the Religious Society of Friends( Quakers), spoke in St. Andrew's Church (which he called a "steeple house") and on nearby Firbank Fellduring his travels in the North of Englandin 1652. Nearby Briggflatts Meeting Housewas built in 1675. It is the namesake of Basil Bunting's lauded long poem, " Briggflatts" (1966). Sedbergh Schoolis a co-educational boarding schoolin the town.
parish church, St Andrew's, dates from the 12th century, though restored periodically since then. There is at least one house dating from the 14th century, and there are the remains of a motte and bailey castlebelieved to date from Saxon times.
Sedbergh's main industries for many years were
Sedbergh School(founded 1525), farmingand the production of woollen garments. Woolsheared from the many sheep was taken to local mills where it was turned into yarnfrom which people in their homes, would knitclothing, including hats and socks. The garments were then sold by local merchants to, among other places, the coalminers of the North East of England. This trade has long since disappeared. It is remembered at Farfield Mill, just outside the town, where there is an exhibition of weaving equipment, and workshops for a number of artists and crafts workers. There are still plenty of sheepin the surrounding fields some of which are now raised primarily to protect the breed, notably the Rough Fellsheep.
Income now comes from a range of sources: the schools are still the main employer in the town, but Sedbergh has recently become England's
book town(see Hay-on-Wyeand Wigtown) with six independent bookshops and many more dealers who operate from the Dales and Lakes Book Centre. It is now possible that the turnover of small to medium manufacturing and wholesale companies matches or exceeds that of the schools - a growing feature of the economy. Other major sources of income are farming, retail and tourism. It is hoped that tourism will increase after the efforts of Sedbergh to find a twin townwere featured in a BBCdocumentary, "The Town That Wants A Twin" during January 2005 (the winning town was Zrečein north eastern Slovenia).
There is also a school in
Montebello, Quebec, Canadanamed Sedbergh School. One of the founders, Frank Duxbury, attended Sedbergh School, U.K. and was a 3 timer winner of the Wilson Run.
Sedbergh School, Québec
Sedbergh resident, Sam Rusling was filmed as a contestant on television quiz show, the
Weakest Link, in 2006 but the episode was never broadcast after he called the host, Anne Robinson, "dog breath", whilst she was reading a question.
* [http://www.sedbergh.org.uk/ Sedbergh website]
* [http://www.english-lakes.com/sedbergh.html An illustrated guide to Sedbergh]
* [http://www.paperclip.org.uk/Business/Sedbergh/sedbergh.htm Sedbergh pictures and information]
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