What’s Happening Under the Tent……..
Nenthead Arts & Visitors Centre
And finally, following the departure of a member of our project team we will soon be recruiting! We are looking for an outgoing, dynamic and self-motivated person to help us develop events and activities based at Nenthead Arts & Visitor Centre. If you enjoy a challenge and are looking for part-time, self-employed work then look out for more information....coming soon.
You can download the latest update below.
Restoring glory and telling the story….
What's it all about?
The chapel will become;
Before the Restoration:
Nenthead Chapel's PastNenthead Chapel sits in the middle of one of the foremost mining villages of the North Pennines. The village of Nenthead was designed by the London Lead Mining Company as a ‘model’ village and was at one time at the forefront of social reform. Nenthead was the first village in Britain to have electric street lighting and the ‘Reading Rooms’ were the first free public lending library in the UK. Nenthead has a fascinating story to tell……..The former Methodist Chapel, a Grade II Listed Building, stands on a site close to where John Wesley held his outdoor sermons. At one time the entire population of Nenthead (close to 2,000 people in its heyday) would have worshipped in the Chapel regularly. They had to, or else thy didn’t get paid! Services ceased in 2002 and in the intervening years the building has been closed to the public and fallen into disrepair.
Modern Day…….The community of Nenthead are working together to save this important landmark. They plan to bring the Chapel back to life in the heart of the village. The Chapel now belongs to Nenthead and work is underway to open the chapel doors again, with a new look and as a place where locals and visitors can enjoy a little bit of history, meet up and take a well-earned rest.Under the banner of ‘Nenthead Chapel Community Project’ a Heritage Lottery Grant of £1,699,500 has been secured. Matched funding has also come from Eden District Council, Cumberland Building Society, The Hadfield Trust, various Quaker organisations and individual members of the local community.
Securing the FutureThe Chapel will provide a warm welcome for locals and the many visitors who spend time here. Ambitious plans include a café, local shopping experience, exhibition space and workshop space.
Explore this site to find out how you can be involved and to watch the progress
Video about the Nenthead Chapel Project