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Cemetery Mortuary Chapels

A Grade II Listed Building in Chard, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.876 / 50°52'33"N

Longitude: -2.968 / 2°58'4"W

OS Eastings: 331986

OS Northings: 108942

OS Grid: ST319089

Mapcode National: GBR M6.T5W1

Mapcode Global: FRA 46NS.KHN

Entry Name: Cemetery Mortuary Chapels

Listing Date: 24 July 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197486

English Heritage Legacy ID: 374188

Location: Chard Town, South Somerset, Somerset, TA20

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Chard Town

Built-Up Area: Chard

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Chard St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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Listing Text


756-1/3/157 (North side)
24/07/90 Cemetery Mortuary Chapels


Cemetery mortuary chapels. 1858, for Thomas Brown to the
designs of James Mountford Allen. Ham Hill stone ashlar. Welsh
slate roofs with moulded coping and finials to gable ends.
Pair of mortuary chapels, connected by integral carriageway
and porches. Church of England chapel to north and
Non-conformist chapel on south, the latter now used as
gardener's store. Decorated style.
The west front: chapel gable ends flanking left and right with
large 3-light geometric traceried windows, central moulded
2-centred arch carriageway, to right and left of which are two
2-light depressed 2-centred arch traceried windows to the
porches; parapet above raised over carriageway arch with
wrought-iron finial. Similar 3-light east windows to chapels
with geometric tracery.
3-bay north and south sides with smaller 2-light geometric
tracery windows with buttresses between and angle buttresses
on corners with weathered set-offs and gabled. The windows
have hoodmoulds with headstops and the west windows have
nook-shafts. Moulded plinth and string. the third bay of the
inner sides of the chapels is occupied by the porches entered
from the carriageway.
INTERIOR: both chapels have plastered walls and good 3-bay
hammerbeam roofs with moulded arched braces and carved stone
angel corbels. Benches with traceried fronts and poppyhead
ends to reading desks. Diamond-leaded pane windows with clear
glass and stanchion bars.
HISTORY: The 4-acre cemetery was formed in 1857 at a cost of
ยป3000; it contains monuments to James Gillingham, inventor of
artificial limbs, died 1924, and John Stringfellow, inventor
of the first engine-driven aeroplane.
(Kelly's Directory, Somersetshire: 1894-; Brooks C: Mortal
Remains: Exeter: 1989-: P.129-30).

Listing NGR: ST3198608942

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