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from the Village Hall
near Alston is one of
England's highest villages at 1,500 feet (450m) above sea level.|
In fact it vies with Flash in Staffordshire for the title of
highest village in England and indeed the
Officially Flash holds that title but Nenthead, however
the title of
being one of the most interesting villages in England. Nenthead has it's own flag, registered
with the Flag Institute.
Flag of Nenthead
one of the first purpose built industrial villages in Britain.
centre for lead, zinc and silver mining, the first smelt mill was built
in 1737 and the village was built soon after. By 1861
was a mainly Methodist village with many of it;s residents employed by
the Quaker owned London Lead Company.
In 1896, the Vieille Montagne
Zinc Mining Company of Belgium moved into Nenthead and the village
enjoyed a period of intense mining activity until 1949 when the company
sold it's mining leases and left.
Lead mining continued at Nenthead
until the 1960's. In 2013 the Canadian company, Minco carried
test drilling for zinc deposits and it is possible that mining
resume, exploiting zinc that was previously unreachable by old mining
Nenthead Village Hall
Nenthead is popular with mine explorers visiting the many miles of
levels, stopes, flats and shafts that are still accessible. The
Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre is open on selected days from Easter to
the end of October and the Carrs Level can be visited by the general
public on those days.
Although Nenthead was a Quaker/Methodist
village where temperance would have been exercised, the village has a
pub, the Miners' Arms which is popular with cyclists on
the C2C (Sea to Sea or Coast to Coast) Route as well as visitors to the
Rampgill Horse Level