Strickland Arms once on the A6Sizergh

In the 1960's the traveller journeying south on the A6 from Kendal would come across a small dual carriageway likely built in the 1930's before bearing left through the hamlet of Sizergh notable for its Castle and the Strickland Arms a Hotel and former coaching Inn situated by the side of the former course of the A6 and recently reopened. Breaking news from Cumbria including the Sizergh area can be found on our Cumbria News Page.

 

The entrance to Sizergh CastleHistorical Sizergh

The history of Sizergh is tied up with its Castle originally built in the Middle Ages by the Strickland family, who still live there, it was extended in Elizabethan times. The Castle is now managed by the national trust. However despite the castle and nearby Strickland Arms Sizergh has never progressed to anything more than a Hamlet which remains to this day.

 

The original A6 route through SizerghThe A6 & M6 in Sizergh

Up until the 1970's the A6 ran through Sizergh passing the Strickland Arms before continuing South to Levens Bridge.

 

 

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During the late 1960's the dual carriageway was extended from Sizergh to the outskirts of Kendal.

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In 1975 the A591 was extended south from Sizergh to the M6 at junction 36, a new bypass was opened diverting A6 traffic off the A591 up a new dual carriageway before rejoining the original course of the road just south of Sizergh.

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This road was in turn changed when the A590 Trunk Road Leven Bypass was built in 1986. The A6 being twined with first of all the A591 primary route from Kendal to Sizergh and the A590 Trunk Road from Sizergh to Levens the A591 and A590 numbers taking preference over the A6. With the A591 being the main primary route from the M6 to Kendal and the south lakes and the A590 the main Trunk Road to Barrow in Furness these are still very busy roads despite the fact that the M6 was built east of Sizergh in 1970 these roads continue to carry large volumes of traffic.

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