Nenthead Mine Heritage Centre, Nenthead, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3PD

vacant mixed use site formerly used as the Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre approximately 512.47 sq m (5,516 sq ft) set within a site of approximately 0.29 hectares (0.71 acres)


The property is located in the village of Nenthead approximately 4.5 miles south east of Alston town centre. The property can be accessed from A689 via an unnamed road and through the car park of the former Nenthead Mine Heritage Centre. The surrounding area is predominantly rural and the property benefits from scenic views over the North Pennine Hills.


The property comprises a mix of buildings set within a walled perimeter formerly used as the Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre. To the north of the site there is a part single storey and part two storey building which was used as a museum/visitor centre, and a detached single storey building used as a cafeteria, all set surrounding a central courtyard. To the south of the site is parade of six self contained single storey lock up units (some of which have been interconnected) with communal gents, ladies and disabled WC facilities together with a timber framed and timber clad outbuilding and an area of hard surfaced land used for parking and vehicular access to the units. The property forms part of a Scheduled Ancient Monument.


We detail below the following accommodation and approximate gross internal areas: 
Former Museum Building 
Ground Floor: 
Museum  125.03 sq m  (1,346 sq ft) 
Kitchen  5.58 sq m  (60 sq ft) 
Office  5 sq m  (54 sq ft) 
Room  12.07 sq m  (130 sq ft) 
Room 2  12.25 sq m  (132 sq ft)   
First Floor: 
Office  19.73 sq m  (212 sq ft) 
Loft Room  8.85 sq m  (95 sq ft) 
Dining Area  55.69 sq m  (600 sq ft) 
Kitchen and Sales Area  45.27 sq m  (487 sq ft) 
Gents & Ladies WC's 
Total GIA:  289.47sq m  (3,116 sq ft) 
We note below the approximate gross external area of the above parade of units which we have measured on Promap as 223 sq m (2,400 sq ft). 
Lock Up Units (Not accessed internally) 
Unit 1   
Unit 2 
Unit 3 
Unit 4 
Unit 5 
Unit 6 
Ladies WC 
Gents WC 
Disabled WC 


There is an external courtyard surrounded by the former visitors centre and cafeteria and a further area of hard surfaced land adjacent to the parade of units to the north of the site.

Site Area

Approximately 0.29 Hectares (0.71 Acres).


Purchaser will be required to make a contribution of £1000 towards the vendors legal and professional fees.


Leasehold for 1000 years from 1621.


Interested parties should consult direct with the Local Planning Office, Eden District Council, Town Hall, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7QF. Tel: 01768 817817.


The sale of the property does not attract VAT
The successful bid will comprise two elements:
1. The Purchase Price
2. 12% Revenue Contribution
For Example:
Successful Bid £100,000
Purchase Price £88,000
Revenue Contribution £12,000
This principle will apply to all levels of bids and the purchase price and revenue contribution will be recorded and invoiced separately.

2) Please note, the purchaser of the property will be required to erect a new fence between points A and B as identified on the plan included in these details within three months of completion.

3) The property is accessed via a right of way which has been granted over the adjacent car park shown as a hatched area on the plan.


Cumbria County Council, Legal Services Unit, The Courts, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8LZ.
Tel: 01228 606060. E-mail:
Contact: Mr John Mallinson.


Leasehold for 1000 years from 1621.

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