is now a quiet village it was not always so. At the
turn of the century, it was still an important
centre for the lead mining industry. During the
First World War, Mary Wright linked the village with
the nearby market town of Alston using a pony and
trap. Mary started to make a bit of money, so one of
her sons, Tom, spent his gratuity from the army on a
Model T Ford. In 1924 brothers George and John
joined the business which was then registered, and a
larger Ford was purchased.
Wright Bros is perhaps best known for its 82 mile
route which links Newcastle with Keswick via Hexham,
Haydon Bridge, Alston and Penrith. But as the
population of Nenthead declined with the rundown of
the lead mining industry, so Wright's had to explore
every alternative to develop the business.
Based in the Cumbrian fells, it may come as some
surprise that Wrights operates sleeper coaches for
the music industry. Yet it is consistent with an
open minded business strategy which has always
enabled the family to explore new opportunities.
Word of mouth recommendation has built up this side
of the business meaning Wright Bros have been
touring with some of the famous groups in the world.