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The Catacombs and Terrace in Highgate (Western) Cemetery

A Grade II* Listed Building in Highgate, London

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Latitude: 51.5687 / 51°34'7"N

Longitude: -0.1499 / 0°8'59"W

OS Eastings: 528323

OS Northings: 187163

OS Grid: TQ283871

Mapcode National: GBR DT.WCY

Mapcode Global: VHGQL.CT3S

Plus Code: 9C3XHV92+F2

Entry Name: The Catacombs and Terrace in Highgate (Western) Cemetery

Listing Date: 14 May 1974

Last Amended: 11 January 1999

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1378923

English Heritage Legacy ID: 478284

ID on this website: 101378923

Location: Highgate Cemetery, Parliament Hill, Camden, London, N6

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Highgate

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Michael Highgate

Church of England Diocese: London

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798-1/5/1558 (West side)
14/05/74 The Catacombs and Terrace in
Highgate (Western) Cemetery
(Formerly Listed as:
The Catacombe Entrance & Terrace)


Catacombs beneath terrace cut into the hillside. c1838-9.
Possibly by JB Bunning, utilizing and extending the existing
terrace, originally forming part of the garden of Ashurst
House (demolished). Brick with stone entrances. 5 central bays
form canted projection. Piers rise from ground level to form
dies, with gabled stone trefoil caps, to cast-iron traceried
terrace balustrade; polygonal piers at angles. Terrace
approached by flights of stone steps at either end. Central
pointed arch entrance with hoodmould and cast-iron gates
flanked by square-headed architraved doorways with coats of
arms on keystones and cast-iron panelled doors; above,
escutcheons with 4 small light openings.
INTERIOR: brick vaulted and originally lit by oculi set in
terrace. Gallery, more than 80 yards long, lined with separate
recesses, each large enough to take a single coffin end on,
from floor to ceiling down both sides of length, 840 in all.
Apertures sealed with inscribed slabs or small glass
inspection windows.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the catacombs could be used as a permanent
resting place or temporarily whilst a plot was chosen. The
terrace is probably the earliest surviving asphalted building
in the country having originally been surfaced by Claridge;
resurfaced late C20.

Listing NGR: TQ2854186964

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