Pepperpot is a well known landmark on the outskirts of Sedbergh. The ruin sits just feet away from the Dales Way path and is visited by hundreds of walkers each year as they pass. The building is believed to be around 100 years old although stories differ as its original use. It is commonly thought to have been built as an isolation house for a local land owner’s daughter who had Tuberculosis. The last known use of Pepperpot was in 1936 when it was rented by a school master from the Preparatory School of Sedbergh and since then it has slowly fallen into disrepair. In spring 2015 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Sedbergh School Foundation a grant to rebuild Pepperpot. The site will be rebuilt using heritage materials where possible and keeping the remaining parts of the building visible rather than rendering the full exterior.
The project includes funding to research the history of Pepperpot and Akay as well as the ecology of the surrounding area. The findings of this research will be shared with local schools during the life of the project and through resource packs for teachers after the project has ended.
The rich natural environment which surrounds Pepperpot makes the building an ideal for rest stop for walkers and base for local community groups. Links have already been made with astronomers and wildlife enthusiasts and it is hoped that the finished building will be used by many other local groups.
This will take place through the summer when residents and visitors will be able to see the building resurrected from the ruins. If you are interested in using Pepperpot for your community group watch this space.
Open to any individual, business, community group or voluntary-sector body, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund provides a simple and accessible source of money for a range of projects that result in positive benefits for the National Park, its environment, its economy and its communities, while enhancing and conserving local culture, wildlife and landscape.
It is hoped that the Pepperpot building will be available for school and community groups to use by the end of October. Please watch this space if you are interested in using the space for your group.