Lancaster Cemetery Chapels

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Western Mortuary Chapel at Lancaster Cemetery
Lancaster Cemetery Chapels is located in Lancaster
Lancaster Cemetery Chapels
Shown within Lancaster
Basic information
Location Quernmore Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Geographic coordinates 54°03′01″N 2°46′37″W / 54.0504°N 2.7769°W / 54.0504; -2.7769Coordinates: 54°03′01″N 2°46′37″W / 54.0504°N 2.7769°W / 54.0504; -2.7769
Affiliation Anglican
Architectural description
Architect(s) E. G. Paley
Architectural type Chapel
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Completed 1855
Specifications
Materials Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings and slate roofs
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 13 March 1995
Reference no. 1298305
Eastern Mortuary Chapel at Lancaster Cemetery
Basic information
Affiliation Nonconformist
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 13 March 1995
Reference no. 1195078
Northern Mortuary Chapel at Lancaster Cemetery
Basic information
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 13 March 1995
Reference no. 1212689

The Lancaster Cemetery Chapels are the three chapels, each built to serve a different denomination, in the main cemetery of Lancaster, England. The chapels stand around a central point at the highest part of the cemetery. They were all built in 1854–55, and were designed by the local architect E. G. Paley.[1] The chapel to the west of the central point served the Anglicans,[2] that to the east the Non-conformists,[3] and the chapel to the north was for Roman Catholics.[4]

Architecture[edit]

All the chapels are constructed in coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings. They have slate roofs, and are in Gothic Revival style.[2][3][4] The western chapel has a cruciform plan, with the entrance porch facing east. It has angle buttresses and coped gables. A continuous string course runs round the chapel at the level of the window sills. The windows in the north and south walls are triple stepped lancets. In the west gable is a wheel window.[2] The porch is long, with open arcades along the sides supported by polished granite shafts.[1] In the gable of the porch is a poppyhead, and on its apex stands a cross finial.[2] The eastern chapel is a mirror image of the western chapel.[3] The northern chapel is simpler, having a rectangular plan, with a narrow projection to the north and a porch facing south. All the windows are lancets. There are cross finials on the east and west gables.[4] Each of the chapels is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2][3][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2009) [1969], Lancashire: North, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 408, ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9 
  2. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "Western Mortuary Chapel at Lancaster Cemetery (1298305)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 23 August 2011 
  3. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Eastern Mortuary Chapel at Lancaster Cemetery (1195078)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 23 August 2011 
  4. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Northern Mortuary Chapel at Lancaster Cemetery (1212689)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 23 August 2011