Nenthead Chapel Restoration Project

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What's it all about?

Nenthead Chapel Enterprise Limited, a new Community Benefit Society (number 7039), has purchased Nenthead Chapel using Heritage Lottery Fund money that has been awarded to the project. We are going to restore the Chapel and create a vibrant new café and community space in the centre of the village.

The chapel will become;
Nenthead Chapel Doors - pre restoration
 
A warm and welcoming café —somewhere to spend time in company (or in peace and quiet) whilst enjoying good food.
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A place where all sorts of new events and activities will take place for young people, families, visitors and residents.
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A hub for internet access with laptops available for all to use.
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A place that could provide healthcare; chiropodists, hairdressers, complimentary medicine etc.
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Extra space for Nenthead Community Shop, North Pennine Cycles and other small businesses, should they need it.
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An attractive gallery and retail space for local/regional artists and craft workers.
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A focal point for visitors and residents who want to explore the colourful history of this fascinating area.
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A hub of creativity and a catalyst for new enterprise.
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A new business—creating up to 10 part-time jobs and fantastic opportunities for volunteers.
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  • Before the Restoration:

    Nenthead Chapel's Past

    Nenthead 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……..
    Nenthead Chapel
    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.
  • Present:

    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.
    Nenthead Chapel window
    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.
  • The Future

    Securing the Future

    The 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
    Nenthead Chapel Old Door Handle
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About Us
Nenthead Chapel Enterprise Limited (NCEL) is the name of the Community Benefit Society established to run the project and eventually, the new business. It was formed in 2014 and is now registered with the Financial Conduct Authority.
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