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Burial Ground Wall North of the Friend's Meeting House

A Grade II Listed Building in Burgh by Sands, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.9009 / 54°54'3"N

Longitude: -3.0373 / 3°2'14"W

OS Eastings: 333578

OS Northings: 556737

OS Grid: NY335567

Mapcode National: GBR 7C7R.7Y

Mapcode Global: WH801.92XQ

Entry Name: Burial Ground Wall North of the Friend's Meeting House

Listing Date: 19 September 1984

Last Amended: 19 February 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1040006

English Heritage Legacy ID: 78259

Location: Burgh By Sands, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5

County: Cumbria

District: Carlisle

Civil Parish: Burgh by Sands

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Burgh-by-Sands St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Listing Text

5/74 Graveyard Wall north
of the Friends'
Meeting House
(opposite side of


A Quaker burial ground wall built in 1694.

MATERIALS: Brick on a cobble foundation topped with rounded sandstone copings.

PLAN: The burial ground is rectangular in plan.

EXTERIOR: The burial ground consists of four walls raised slightly at the south west and south east corners with an entrance at the central part of the west wall. The entrance has a chamfered red sandstone surround to one side with a collapsed lintel dated 1694 and a collapsed sandstone surround partly blocking it. Elsewhere parts of the graveyard wall have collapsed, particularly on the east and part of the south side. The burial ground contains numerous simple inscribed stone gravemarkers.

HISTORY: The Society of Friends was formed in the mid C17. Moorhouse was an early and strong meeting; an earlier meeting house was built in 1681 and the acquisition of the burial ground was recorded in 1694 on land about 80m north of this. In 1733 the first meeting house was replaced by the present larger version, and at about the same time a boundary wall was built in front of the plot. The Moorhouse meeting was formally discontinued in 1913 and the meeting house served as a Methodist chapel until about 1967, after which it was sold and converted into a dwelling. The burial ground has been disused since 1936 and its wall has received little care or attention. Nevertheless unobtrusive repairs were made during the C20 with machine made bricks and some iron ties added to hold some of the coping stones. Despite these repairs some sections of the boundary wall have collapsed, including the majority of the eastern wall.

The meeting house was listed at Grade II in 1957. In 1984 the boundary wall fronting the meeting house was listed for group value at Grade II and at the same time the burial ground wall was listed at Grade II. At the site visit in December 2008 the lintel above the graveyard entrance and part of the entrance surround collapsed.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The burial ground wall north of the Friend's Meeting House at Moorhouse is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Along with the associated listed former Friend's Meeting House and its listed boundary wall, the burial ground wall remains a significant reminder of the importance of the Society of Friends in Moorhouse and the surrounding area between the late C17 and the early C20.
* The choice of materials used in its construction exemplifies the use of local materials and typifies the vernacular approach to construction taken by the Society of Friends

Listing NGR: NY3357856737

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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