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Entrance Lodges and Gates to Arnos Vale Cemetery

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bristol, Bristol

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Latitude: 51.4424 / 51°26'32"N

Longitude: -2.5649 / 2°33'53"W

OS Eastings: 360835

OS Northings: 171636

OS Grid: ST608716

Mapcode National: GBR CGP.TS

Mapcode Global: VH88V.H0DM

Plus Code: 9C3VCCRP+W2

Entry Name: Entrance Lodges and Gates to Arnos Vale Cemetery

Listing Date: 1 November 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1203895

English Heritage Legacy ID: 378913

Location: Knowle, Bristol, BS4

County: Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Brislington West

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Knowle Holy Nativity

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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ST316071 BATH ROAD, Brislington
901-1/47/429 (South side)
01/11/66 Entrance Lodges and Gates to Arno's
Vale Cemetery


Lodges, now offices, and attached gates. 1837-8. By Charles
Underwood. Pennant stone flags and rubble basement, Bath stone
walls and slate roofs, wrought-iron railings and gates.
Each of rectangular double-depth plan. Greek Revival style: 2
temples facing one another, and linked by railings to piers,
and a sliding gate. Each of one storey, attic and basement;
2-window range. Greek Doric tetrastyle temples have tapering
columns beneath a deep entablature, frieze with triglyphs and
pediment; banded rustication, 5-light door with 2 fielded
panels, and 7-light windows with margin bars either side. The
elevations to the cemetery are articulated by paired
pilasters, with 2 ground-floor 6/6-pane hornless sashes and
small 6-pane overhung lights in frieze. The elevations to the
road are blind, with banded rustication. C20 extension to
Chimney pots front and rear take the place of acroteria; 3
steps and paving in Pennant stone beneath the portico. The
entrance has sliding gates, flanked by spear-headed railings
on dwarf walls with a hinged pedestrian gate, and ashlar piers
with pediment caps; piers pierced to allow the gates to slide
through them, on rails. Curved rails set in cobbles inside
railings to take pedestrian gate.
INTERIOR: W Lodge has dogleg stair, with stone steps down to
basement; fine details include deep shirtings, plaster
cornices, panelled doors (the pair to the offices being
mahogany), marble fireplaces and shutter boxes to sashes. E
Lodge is sparser in detail with iron handrail to stone stair.
HISTORICAL NOTE: "In 1836 the Bristol General Cemetery Company
was formed to meet the urgent need for an increase of burial
grounds. Land at Arno's Vale within a mile of the city centre
was purchased and consecrated in 1840" (Crick). The cemetery
was conceived in an Arcadian manner after Claude, and
comprises one of the best pioneering examples of its type in
the country.
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 241; The Buildings of England:
Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 462;
Crick C: Victorian Buildings in Bristol: Bristol: 1975-).

Listing NGR: ST6084771629

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