welcome to The Pepperpot


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.

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Re Built Pepperpot.

News – 27/04/16

By maria | November 13, 2019

On Monday 21st members of the Sedbergh Parish Council, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Sedbergh and District History Society and the Pepperpot Music Group were invited to Pepperpot to learn how the building can be used by the local community. The visit began in Sedbergh School archive where the group viewed the historical documents recording the history of…

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Week 15

By maria | November 13, 2019

As Sedbergh enjoys half term the final touches are applied inside Pepperpot. Thank you to Nicola Hetherington for the beautiful photograph.

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Week 14

By maria | November 13, 2019

The scaffolding is down and the building revealed as work continues inside.

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Week 13

By maria | November 13, 2019

Work progresses on the Key Stage 2 Education Pack – get in touch if you’d like to visit with your class!

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Week 12

By maria | November 13, 2019

This week the roof tiling has been completed as Sedbergh enjoys beautiful autumn weather.

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Week 11

By maria | November 13, 2019

The first skin roof is in and the waterproof membrane in place. We’ll be ready for visitors soon.

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Week 10

By maria | November 13, 2019

Work continues to make the building watertight

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Week 9

By maria | November 13, 2019

The spell of good weather has allowed for the erecting of the first floor and start of work on the roof.

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Week 8

By maria | November 13, 2019

Joinery work offsite is complete and the windows are ready to be fitted. Thanks to our builders for the good progress!

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Week 7

By maria | November 13, 2019

Sedbergh enjoys some late summer sun. Offsite carpentry work on the first floor is well underway.


It is hoped that the Pepperpot building will be available for school and community groups to use soon. Please watch this space if you are interested in using the space for your group.