A 19th century pub is due to be converted into housing if plans are approved.

A proposal has been put forward to Barrow Borough Council for the redevelopment of the Black Bull in Dalton.

The pub, in Tudor Square, dates back to the 19th century when discoveries of iron ore brought hundreds of miners to Dalton. 

However, it has been closed for some time and now an application has now been lodged to change its use from a public house to two houses.

The premises will be converted into a four-bedroomed property and a smaller cottage of two bedrooms.

It was due to go up for auction last year at Leeds United Football Club's Elland Road ground but was sold before the event.

It had been listed with Pugh Auctions with a guide price of £125,000.

A report with the plans said: “The Black Bull, despite the efforts of several tenants/managers, was closed by the then owner Enterprise Inns as being deemed unviable.

“The property was on the open market for in excess of a year with no takers.

“The property was recently acquired at auction by the applicant.

“It should be noted there are a number of established licensed premises in the immediate vicinity.

“The opportunity to re-establish the Black Bull as a viable concern is considered unlikely.

“With the area being a mix of small commercial and residential usage the Change of Use to residential is considered a viable proposal.

"This will secure the future of the building and maintain the appearance within the Conservation Area.”

It is understood the Black Bull has been bought by the landlord of an Ulverston pub.

Its cellar is due to be closed off, according to the plans.

The ginnel  from Tudor Square at the back of the pub is set to be preserved.