Survey Lake District

Schedule of Condition in the Lake District

Our Chartered Surveyors have recently undertaken an interesting appointment to survey a museum in the heart of the Lake District.

The museum was the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick, which is the home of the world’s first pencil!

The museum is close to Lake Derwentwater, in Keswick, Cumbria.

Our role was to undertake a detailed survey of the building and to prepare a Schedule of Condition, on behalf of our client, who is the Tenant of the property.

The Schedule of Condition records the condition of the property at the start of a new lease term, and provides a factual record of the condition of the building when the new lease started, to give protection to the tenant in respect of dilapidations.

The Derwent Pencil Museum is the home of the first pencil and it is run by the Cumberland Pencil Company. Visitors enter the museum through a replica graphite mine, which would have served as the source of the pencil industry over three centuries ago. Families can discover all about how the pencil has developed over the centuries, in the Lake District.

As well as a museum for the family to explore on a rainy day in the Lake District, the property also has art workshops, the Derwent fine art retail shop, and a coffee shop and much more! Our client’s website can be found here:

Two of our Building Surveyors are based near Lancaster and we regularly undertake survey inspections in Cumbria and the Lake District. Examples of other survey instructions that we have recently undertake in South Lakeland and Cumbria can be found in our previous blog: If you wish to speak to a Surveyor about a Schedule of Condition, or dilapidations advice, or any type of survey in the Lake District, please contact us.


“We had a Schedule of Condition carried out on a Commercial Property. From vacant possession to our proposed completion date we were really tight on time. Gary managed to carry out the inspection and write a very thorough report in the time needed to ensure we hit our completion date. The price of the report was also extremely competitive. I would recommend Lea Hough to anyone looking for a Professional Surveyors with excellent service & communication at a competitive price.”

Danny Ambler - Fuse Contract Furniture, Blackburn