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Latitude: 54.2813 / 54°16'52"N
Longitude: -2.7564 / 2°45'23"W
OS Eastings: 350848
OS Northings: 487557
OS Grid: SD508875
Mapcode National: GBR 9L6Y.11
Mapcode Global: WH832.MNM8
Entry Name: Gatehouse and Office at Sedgwick Powder Works
Listing Date: 29 January 1999
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1244934
English Heritage Legacy ID: 472818
Location: Helsington, South Lakeland, Cumbria, LA8
District: South Lakeland
Civil Parish: Helsington
Traditional County: Westmorland
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria
Church of England Parish: Underbarrow with Helsington
Church of England Diocese: Carlisle
SD 58 NW,
Gatehouse and Office at Sedgwick Powder Works
Gatehouse and office. Mid-C19 with minor C20 alterations. Random rubble limestone with squared quoins and ashlar dressings, rendered north gable and ridge chimneys and a Westmorland slate roof covering laid to diminishing courses. FRONT (east) ELEVATION: 2 storeys, 3 bays, with 4 ground floor windows beneath shallow segmentally arched heads. 3 of the windows have glazing bar sashes, 6 over 6 panes. The southern most window has undivided sashes. 2 first-floor glazing bar sashes. South gable with slated hipped roof to open porch at right-hand corner which encloses main entrance with panelled door. Plain railings to entrance approach. Single glazing bar sash and inserted door with overlight to north gable. Rear elevation with lower 2-storeyed wing to south end and single storey wing to centre of elevation. INTERIOR: Not inspected. Forms a group with the search house and clocking-on shed (item 4/10003).
The gatehouse and office building were formerly part of the Sedgwick Powder Works, the most complete of the C19 gunpowder manufacturing sites in Cumbria, an important centre of the industry. The manufacturing process was hazardous, and resulted in dispersed workshops and drying areas, often separated by blast banks. However, the administrative buildings, stores and workshops could be grouped together, as in this instance. The survival of so complete a site, with the evidence of both the manufacturing processes and the support activities, such as cooperage and site security is very unusual.
Listing NGR: SD5084887557
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