In 1989 Lumbfoot declared independence from the rest of the UK following a dispute between residents of Lumbfoot and residents of the nearby village, Stanbury. The Lumbfoot residents, led by Louis Shepherd, erected a road barrier and signs declaring independence, and used two stone outbuildings (former privies) as a ‘douane’ and a ‘gendarmerie’. This declaration of independence was reported in the county newspaper, the Yorkshire Post.

As part of the independence declaration, Lumbfoot was twinned with Lhasa, Tibet. The signpost shown in the photograph reads ‘Lumbfoot, twinned with Lhasa, Tibet’ and indicates the current number of residents – human, dogs (muttleys) and cats (moggies).

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