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Low Sadgill, Longsleddale
Low Sadgill
Low Sadghyll
locality:-   Sadgill
locality:-   Longsleddale
civil parish:-   Longsleddale (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   buildings
coordinates:-   NY48230564
1Km square:-   NY4805
10Km square:-   NY40
latitude; longitude:-   2d 47.893m W; 54d 26.600m N
altitude:-   645 feet (front door, approx) 
altitude:-   197m (front door, approx) 

BHU27.jpg  From high on Great Howe.
(taken 11.2003)  
BQZ74.jpg (taken 7.7.2009)  
BRJ46.jpg (taken 27.8.2009)  

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 27 6) 
source data:-   Maps, County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.
OS County Series (Wmd 27 7) 

evidence:-   old map:- Kendal Corn Rent Act 1836
source data:-   Tithe map, Plan of part of the Township of Longsleddale, Westmorland, made regarding the Kendal Corn Rent Act, ie a tithe award map, scale about 20 inches to 1 mile, Kendal, Westmorland, 1836.

courtesy of Mark Cropper
Plan of part of the Township of Longsleddale, Westmorland, made regarding the Kendal Corn Rent Act, ie a tithe award map, scale about 20 inches to 1 mile, Kendal, Westmorland, 1836. 
item:-  private collection : 370
Image © see bottom of page

 Kendal Corn Rent Act 1836

evidence:-   old map:- Fields 1875
source data:-   image

courtesy of Ruth Fishwick

evidence:-   old map:- OS 1881-82 New Series (outline edition) 
source data:-   Map, engraving, area north of Kendal, Westmorland, New Series one inch map, outline edition, sheet 39, scale 1 inch to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, 1881-82.
Not labelled. 
item:-  JandMN : 61
Image © see bottom of page

evidence:-   old text:- Murray 1889
placename:-  Sadghyll Farm House
item:-  teas
source data:-   Guide book, A Handbook to the English Lakes, edited by PHS, published by John Murray, Albemarle Street, London, edn 1889.
Index and directory, p157:-  "LONG SLEDDALE ... Tea may be had at Sadghyll Farm House"

evidence:-   descriptive text:- Wilson 1912
placename:-  Fishwick's Farm
item:-  coach
source data:-   Guide book, Longsleddale, by F M Wilson, published by T Wilson, Kendal, Westmorland, 1912.
"... There is no public house, no hostelry of any sort in this dale. The coach 'puts up' at the Fishwick's Farm. Here you will be well attended to and entertained at the same time. Mine hostess is widely and deservedly famed."

evidence:-   old photograph:- Wilson 1912
source data:-   Photograph of Low Sadgill, Longsleddale, by F M Wilson, 1912
image  click to enlarge
In Guide book, Longsleddale, by F M Wilson, published by T Wilson, Kendal, Westmorland, 1912 

evidence:-   descriptive text:- 
item:-  spice cupboard
source data:-   Royal Commission on Historical Monuments in England: 1936: Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Westmorland: HMSO "[17th century, 2 storey, rubble walls, slate roofs] ... was built probably late in the 16th or early in the 17th century and has a later extension on the N. The front door is old and retains an ornamental latch-handle. Inside the building are some 17th-century doors, each having a latch-handle, like that to the front door. Note the 19th century fixed light windows each with a single opening iron pane. 2 stone dog legs stairs. Small timber mullioned window (now closed off, having no glass). Spice cupboard inscribed 'M / I D / 1670' said to be John and Dorothy Mattinson."

 bank barn behind house

 census records

 directory entries


CHB63.jpg  Yeoman cupboard.
(taken 18.3.2018)  
The flap folds down making a writing desk. The farmer can sit by the fire, to the left, doing his accounts or whatever, illuminated by a window in the wall to the right (no longer extant).

CHD18.jpg  Old window.
(taken 30.3.2018)  
Its a pity it is blocked. This feature pushes the house date back some.

CHD60.jpg  Spice cupboard.
(taken 11.4.2018)  
The spice cupboard has a traditional layout of its inscription: three letters in a triangle, and a date, as used on date stones. The top letter is the family surname, left letter the man's forename, right letter the woman's forename.
"M / I D / 1670"
These are believed to be John and Dorothy Mattinson.
The date does not mean when the house was built, it marks an event - perhaps when the Mattinsons moved here.
The herd of Swaledale sheep on the surrounding farm has a smit mark 'M' on the nearside ribs. This M is Mattinson though the farm has been a Fishwick farm for some while.

CHD19.jpg  Walling; wavy uprights and plaster.
(taken 30.3.2018)  
CHD42.jpg  Opening light of fixed light window.
(taken 18.3.2018)  
BJT83.jpg  Low Sadgill, stone dogleg stair from kitchen.
(taken 24.8.2005)  

MN photo:-  
The main dogleg stair uses slabs of Borrowdale Volcanic Slate, probably from the quarries at the top of Longsleddale.

CHD71.jpg  Low Sadgill, stone dogleg stair from main room.
(taken 4.12.2017)  
(taken 21.3.2018)  
CHB82.jpg (taken 21.3.2018)  
CHB84.jpg  Borrowdale Volcanic Slate.
(taken 21.3.2018)  

evidence:-   database:- Listed Buildings 2010
placename:-  Low Sadgill Farm
source data:-  
courtesy of English Heritage

evidence:-   map:- OS Six Inch (1956) 
source data:-   Map series, various editions with the national grid, scale about 6 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, scale 1 to 10560 from 1950s to 1960s, then 1 to 10000 from 1960s to 2000s, superseded by print on demand from digital data.

evidence:-   old postcard:- 
source data:-   Postcard, black and white, people at Low Sadgill, Longsleddale, Westmorland, Si Ko series, 1920s - 1930s?
image  click to enlarge
"Fishwicks, Longsleddale, No. 2"
"Si Ko Series"

courtesy of Michael Wooldridge
item:-  private collection : 141
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BVN56.jpg "'SADGHYLL', LONGSLEDDALE, NR. KENDAL"  courtesy of John Bennet
Sent to Miss J Blenkinship, Langholme, Gilligate, Kendal; postmark 9 December 1931.

evidence:-   shepherds guide:- Wilson 1913
placename:-  Low Sadgill
source data:-   Book, New Shepherd's Guide for Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, by Thomas Wilson, 1913.
"Joseph Fishwick, Low Sadgill; cropped near ear, red stroke over fillets and down both lisks, and a stroke from that up the back to shoulders. Inside sheep, M on near mid rib."
item:-  private collection : 329
Image © see bottom of page

evidence:-   shepherds guide:- Gate 1879
placename:-  Low Sadgill
source data:-   Book, New Shepherd's Guide for Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Lancashire, published by Daniel Gate, Keswick, Cumberland, 1879.
"WILLIAM GREEN, Low Sadgill; cropped near, stroke over fillets and down both lisks, and a stroke from that up the back to shoulders."
item:-  Kendal Library : 38
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evidence:-   shepherds guide:- Lamb 1937
placename:-  Low Sadgill
source data:-   Book, Lamb's Shepherds' Guide for Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, by R H Lamb, published by the Herald Printing Co, Penrith, Cumberland, 1937.
"Messrs. J.and M. Fishwick, High and Low Sadgill. Cropped near ear, red stroke over fillets and down both lisks, and another from that up the back to shoulders. Ewes after clipping, M on near mid rib. Lambs, M on near side, J F burn on horn."
item:-  Kendal Library : 40
Image © see bottom of page

 mountain bikes 20150307

 roofing 1960

 species 1997

 Martin's sundial


BQZ81.jpg (taken 7.7.2009)  
BTT11.jpg (taken 4.11.2010)  
BNK08.jpg  Barn at entrance
(taken 19.3.2007)  
BTU90.jpg  Barn in snow
(taken 5.12.2010)  
BTU98.jpg  A little snow
(taken 5.12.2010)  

BRR92.jpg  Brand new sign:-
"Low Sadgill / MN 2009" (taken 9.10.2009)  
BQZ82.jpg  Plaque on the house wall; rescued by Tom Walshaw from a local authority yard in Preston?
(taken 7.7.2009)  
BJH24.jpg  Red white and grey; berberis and geraniums.
(taken 15.12.2004)  
BRT89.jpg  Chimney top.
(taken 27.10.2009)  
BRT90.jpg  Chimney top with homemade stainless steel guard to keep the jackdaws out..
(taken 27.10.2009)  

BIH05.jpg  View from the back door.
(taken 12.2003)  

BJT96.jpg  Rainbow.
(taken 25.8.2005)  

Low Sadgill is said to be the model for Burwood Farm in Long Whindale in

Ward, Humphrey, Mrs: 1888: Robert Elsmere
Chapter 1:-
"On one of these solitary houses the afternoon sun, about to descend before very long behind the hills dividing Long Whindale from Shanmoor, was still lingering on this May afternoon we are describing, bringing out the whitewashed porch and the broad bands of white edging the windows into relief against the gray stone of the main fabric, the gray roof overhanging it, and the group of sycamores and Scotch firs which protected it from the cold east and north. The western light struck full on a copper beech, which made a welcome patch of warm colour in front of a long gray line of outhouses standing level with the house, and touched the heckberry blossom which marked the upward course of the little lane connecting the old farm with the road; above it rose the green fell, broken here and there by jutting crags, and below it the ground sank rapidly through a piece of young hazel plantation, at this moment a sheet of bluebells, towards the level of the river. The was a dainty and yet sober brightness about the whole picture. ..."
"The distant aspect of Burwood farm differed in nothing from that of the few other farmhouses which dotted the fells or clustered beside the river between it and the rocky end of the valley. But as one came nearer, certain signs of difference became visible. The garden, instead of being the old-fashioned medley of phloxes, lavender bushes, monthly roses, gooseberry trees, herbs, and pampass grass, with which the farmers' wives of Long Whindale loved to fill their little front enclosures, was trimly laid down in turf dotted with neat flower-beds, full at the moment we are writing of with orderly patches of scarlet and purple anemones, wallflowers, and pansies. At the side of the house a new bow window, modest enough in dimensions and make, had been thrown out on to another close-shaven piece of lawn, and by its suggestion of a distant sophisticated order of things disturbed the homely impression left by the untouched ivy-grown walls, the unpretending porch, and wide slate window-sills of the front. And evidently the line of sheds standing level with the dwelling-house no longer sheltered the animals, the carts, or the tools which make the small capital of a Westmoreland farmer. The windows in them were new, the doors fresh painted and closely shut; curtains of some soft outlandish make showed themselves in what had once been a stable, and the turf stretched smoothly up to a narrow gravelled path in front of them, unbroken by a single footmark. No, evidently the old farm, for such it undoubtedly was, had been but lately, or comparatively lately, transformed to new and softer uses; that rough patriarchal life of which it had once been a symbol and centre no longer bustled and clattered through it. It had become the shelter of new ideals, the home of another and a milder race than once possessed it."

"... one of them [the houses in Sadgill] contained the largest gate-legged table we have seen. There are many modern houses in towns no one room of which would be large enough to contain it."

Barber, John B &Atkinson, George: 1931: Lakeland Passes

see:-    Sadgill, Longsleddale

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