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Gatehouse and Office at Sedgwick Powder Works

A Grade II Listed Building in Helsington, Cumbria

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Coordinates

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

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1244934

English Heritage Legacy ID: 472818

Location: Helsington, South Lakeland, Cumbria, LA8

County: Cumbria

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

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Listing Text

SD 58 NW,
63/4/10002

HELSINGTON,
Gatehouse and Office at Sedgwick Powder Works

GV

II

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

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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