: Eye Spy Sedbergh
8th May 2014
you like to see what is going on all around
you?" asked the surgeon as they prepared
me for the operation.
please" said I.
he popped out the eye and, swivelling it
round like a seebackrosope,
introduced me to the team in the theatre. Quite a remarkable
he set about popping in the replacement.
for the first time in 60 years, my right eye can see
reasonably well without glasses. And once I have
the other cataract done I should have the vision of
an eagle, not that I want to pounce on small mammals
from several hundred feet in the air. However,
close work like reading a map could become a rather
more challenging matter.
was the new eye's first BOOTboys
outing, shielded by dark glasses to avoid the glare
of the sun. Unfortunately, as we parked in the
central car park in Sedbergh, the sun had reneged on
the appointment. Indeed, rain was expected. That
fact plus time constraints confined us to a shorter,
leveller but more historic walk than normal.
seeks to promote itself as the English equivalent of
Ross-on-Wye, i.e. a book town. However, it is
best known for its public school, the buildings of which
dominate the approach.
School cricket pitch
was one building in which I was particularly interested.
had hoped we would be able to visit the Old
built in 1716 and now used as the School Library. However,
we were unable to see inside due to it being in use
for examinations. Nonetheless, the outside is interesting.
Old Grammar School
School War Memorial
followed the footpath through the school grounds, straying
to look at the war memorial and the sad list of those ex-pupils
wiped out in the two world wars. A huge number in relation
to the size of the school.
on, if you think you're hard enough!
passing through Birks and then roaring at some bullocks
that were showing too much interest in us, we arrived
at Brigflatts and my favourite church- the Quaker
where we were warmly greeted by the warden, Tess. She
told us much about its history from George Fox's time
in the mid seventeenth century onwards.
outside the Meeting House
Meeting House window
Meeting House has made at least three television appearances.
The most recent was in 2007 as part of Griff Rhys Jones'
2005, Songs of Praise featured Aled Jones singing the
lovely old hymn "How Can I Keep From Singing?"
Unfortunately for the pedantic, although the setting
is very atmospheric, it seems mislocated as Tess confirmed
that Quaker meetings do not involve the singing of hymns. Nonetheless.
although the sound quality is poor, the evocative video
clip is worth watching. To do so, click on the
photo below left.
Jones at Brigflatts
Bunting at Brigflatts
other appearance was in a 1982 Channel Four production
about the poet, Basil
admired by Ezra Pound and W. B. Yeats, Bunting published his epic
poem "Briggflatts," in 1966. You can see him
reciting extracts by clicking on his photo, above right,
and discover more by clicking on the book cover in the
right hand column.
had another reason for being interested in the hamlet.
Directly opposite the Meeting House is a building
in which his godfather lived for some years.
Quaker burial ground
Brigflatts we followed a track that led to the entrance
grounds. The Hall is now subdivided into apartments,
some of them holiday homes and one for sale, all set
in splendid grounds. Tony was particularly interested
in the fish pond with its enormous multicoloured carp.
for the navvies who worked on the construction of Ingmire
Hall is St Gregory's
deconsecrated, it is well maintained and features stunning
William Morris windows.
St Gregory window
may safely graze
Lincoln's Inn Bridge we turned north, up the Dales
Way and alongside the River Lune as far as the railway
viaduct- a magnificent structure and a good shelter
from the wind for our lunch stop.
Lune railway viaduct
we climbed up past Low and High Branthwaite to Howgill
Lane, we debated whether or not to climb Winder which
was right in front of us.
weather had proved far better than expected and the
summit was no longer shrouded in mist (although the
higher tops still were). What's more, it seemed that
we were already half way up.
we dropped back down into Sedbergh, passing a novel
weather vane, then continuing our cultural investigations
by visiting its parish church, St Andrew's.
it is surprisingly wide. Like so many of the Victorian
churches in this area, it was designed by Paley and
Austin although this one incorporates a presumably 15th
engine weather vane
concluded the cultural aspects of our tour. I
am pleased to report that my new eye performed sufficiently
well to end the walk with the old game.
spy with my little eye, something beginning with B.
the Bull Hotel !
8th May 2014
you remember how on BB1317
Bryan and I went to meet Tim and his pals to accompany
them one day on their Coast to Coast expedition?
Tim & co. are at it again, this time in the English
/ Welsh border country.
can follow their progress by clicking on Offa's
Somewhat counter-intuitively, to find the subsequent
pages, you need to click on the left hand arrow at the
bottom of the screen.
8th May 2014
climbed in feet
Brigflatts Meeting House
Hall, St Gregory's Church
Don, John Hn, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1416 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - see: Which
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
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