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Weekly seeks new office as plan to turn old printworks into bar revealed

A bid to turn part of a weekly newspaper’s headquarters into a bar has been launched as the title seeks a new home on its patch.

Plans have been submitted to Eden District Council for the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald’s former printworks at King Street, Penrith.

If given the green light, the site would be transformed into a “drinking establishment” which also serves food and offers hotel rooms.

The Herald will continue to operate from an office at the front of the same premises, pictured below, where it has been based since 1903, but is currently seeking a new HQ elsewhere in Penrith.

CWH office

HTFP understands the applicant is a neighbouring bar in King Street which is looking to expand.

Herald editor Emily Atherton told HTFP: “The Herald continues to serve the communities of the Eden Valley as it has done for 160 years.

“I’m happy to say we will remain in our King Street offices until we can find another suitable location for the business.”