SDF has funded a wide range of projects aimed at protecting the built and cultural heritage of the National Park. A case study and some other recent examples feature below.
Help for historic roads signs
An ancient sign at one of the three approaches to the village of Downholme in Swaledale, a rare survivor from the golden age of motoring, had disappeared after falling from its stone plinth, while the equally historically important signs at the other two approaches were deteriorating.
The signs were made from aluminium with clear projecting lettering and glass ball reflectors, set down low to the road, and could date from the 1930s. They continued to be made into the 1950s.
Hudswell and District Parish Council led a project to replace the missing sign and restore the other two, using David Gosling from Brampton, near Carlisle, who specialises in signpost, milestone and milepost restoration.
“I ordered more than 300 glass ball reflectors from a company that was founded by Percy Shaw, the inventor of ‘cat’s eyes’, and they arrived wrapped in a 1950s edition of the Yorkshire Post,” said David.
Claire Swainston, clerk to the parish council, said: “David has done a fantastic job in casting new plates using the original as a template and replacing the reflectors. They look really good and local people are very pleased with them.”
Project cost £2,242 SDF grant £1,682
Other completed projects
- Restoration of the Pepperpot Folly, including associated interpretation, a new spur footpath from the Dales Way, website story telling and an events programme, Sedbergh School Foundation (£4,975)
- Refurbishment and exhibition materials for Keld Resource Centre to create exhibition space as well as a venue for community events (£18,872)
- Creation of a static display and the restoration of a historic narrow gauge tramway that forms part of the heritage trail at Threshfield Quarry (£3,567)
- Resurfacing to the Beech Hill car parking area that has included sandstone cobbles which enhance the Dent Conservation Area (£711)
- A new memorial stone at St John's Churchyard, Cowgill near Dent to commemorate 25 navvies who worked on the construction of the Settle-Carlisle Railway that were originally buried in unmarked graves (£1,700)
And in the pipeline...
- Voices from the Land is a project that aims to create historical links between farming and the landscape brought together to create a comprehensive written, oral and photographic record for future generations (£10,000)
- Refurbishment of Ravenstonedale Community and Heritage Centre which is a former chapel and Grade II listed building. The community plan to use the space as a meeting room with a history archive facility (£9,456)
- Stabilisation works to Ormsgill limekiln near Airton which aims to ensure this historic feature is retained and can be enjoyed by users of the right of way which passes close to the site (£2,039)