Located in the village of Brooke, the property is situated in a charming residential area opposite the Primary School. Other amenities in the village include a post office/village store, petrol station & garage, farm shop, butchers, two pubs and a restaurant. The larger village of Poringland is approximately two miles away.
Norwich is only 8 miles to the North and is the main business and industrial area within the region. The city benefits from two shopping centres, an international airport and is also home to the University of East Anglia.
The Old Forge is believed to date back to the 1800s and was used as a forge until its closure in the 1970s. Since ceasing as a working forge the building has been used as a cycle repair shop and also a meeting place/venue for a local charity.
The building is constructed of mellow brick elevations beneath a pantile roofline. Internally there is a mixture of brick and studwork walls which subdivide the barn into the two main rooms, hallway and wash room with a mezzanine storage area above almost half of the barn.
Much of the period character is still present with the workings of the original forge, chimney stack and wooden stable doors still in situ.
Externally a five bar gate opens out into the car park area to the front of the barn which provides a good amount of off road parking. Beyond the barn is a small wood store.
It is fair to say that the barn would benefit from a scheme of updating and repairs which would bring this piece of history into the 21st century.
Net Internal Area
Entrance Hall (2.19 x 1.81)
3.96 Sq. m 42.57 Sq. ft.
Wash Room (1.81 x 1.22)
2.20 Sq. m 23.65 Sq. ft.
Forge Room (5.60 x 5.14)
28.70 Sq. m 308.5 Sq. ft.
Store Room(5.19 x 3.60 + 1.54 x 1.57)
21.0 Sq. m 225.75 Sq. ft.
Mezzanine ( 5.19 x 3.75)
19.43 Sq. m 208.87 Sq. ft.
Total = 75.29 Sq. m 809.36 Sq. ft.
Mains single electricity and water connected.
The property could be suitable for a number of different uses subject to planning permission.
We understand the property falls under the class of B1 business use, other than those that fall under A2 use.
In addition a B2 business/light industrial or B8 storage/warehousing may be considered due to its previous use and history.
Potential purchasers are advised to speak with the local authority planning department concerning these matters and the likelihood of change of use or planning permission.
From the B1332 turn off Norwich Road onto High Green. After approximately 250 yards, the property will be found on the left hand side, opposite Brooke Primary School.