What’s Happening Under the Tent……..
NEW LOGO AND NAME REVEALED
Nenthead Arts & Visitors Centre
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Calling Crafters of Nenthead & Beyond
NENTHEAD VILLAGE HALL
FRIDAY 18th MAY at 2.00PM
Everyone welcome - refreshments provided
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Restoring glory and telling the story….
The builders are in…..
If you have some spare time and would like to help us bring this all together we’d love to hear from you.
Marcus and his team are doing great works under the enormous tent. They’ve stripped the building right back, repaired the structure, installed new mechanics and electrics and are now starting to piece it all back together. This will be the time-consuming phase. The ornate plaster ceiling will be renovated, plasterwork and cornices repaired, the exterior will be pointed and the historic features restored. Work will also soon start on the new extension to the rear of the building which will house the kitchen and heating system. Once the floorboards are re-instated we hope to be able to take people inside so they can see for themselves the enormous amount of work that’s being carried out.
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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