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Northern Mortuary Chapel, Exeter Cemetery

A Grade II Listed Building in Heavitree, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7284 / 50°43'42"N

Longitude: -3.5078 / 3°30'28"W

OS Eastings: 293678

OS Northings: 93173

OS Grid: SX936931

Mapcode National: GBR P1.VL5M

Mapcode Global: FRA 37J5.56P

Entry Name: Northern Mortuary Chapel, Exeter Cemetery

Listing Date: 23 June 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1380744

English Heritage Legacy ID: 481068

Location: Exeter, Devon, EX1

County: Devon

District: Exeter

Town: Exeter

Electoral Ward/Division: Heavitree

Built-Up Area: Exeter

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Heavitree St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


871/12/1142 Northern Mortuary Chapel,Exeter Cemetery



One of a pair of Gothic mortuary chapels probably dating to 1866 when the cemetery was officially consecrated and opened. Designed by Edward Ashworth to accommodate the requirements of the Nonconformists, the other chapel for Anglicans. Heavitree coursed stone with Bath stone dressings. Slate roofs with bands of different colours; cast iron rainwater goods. Ridge tiles with finials. Decorated Gothic Revival style, matching the other chapel and the cemetery lodge.
Plan: Small rectangular chapel with west end entrance.
Exterior: 3-bay chapel. Low battered footings. Angle buttresses with set-offs and similar buttresses to each bay; W end gabled bellcote with bell. Decorated style 2-light traceried windows with hoodmoulds and variations in head tracery. The W end has a pointed arched plank door with Gothic iron strap hinges. 2 Decorated style windows above, with a single blind Decorated style window in the apex of the gable. 3-light E window with trefoil-headed lights with head tracery and hoodmoulds with good quality carved pre-Raphaelite style heads for the terminals. Stained glass in east window, the rest glazed with clear glass. Iron bootscraper to left of door.
INTERIOR: Only one chapel inspected internally. Hammer beam roof construction, springing off stone corbels.
Edward Ashworth was one of the leading local Gothic Revival architects, working from an office in Dix's Field, Exeter. He specialised in church restoration work. Part of a good group with the Southern Mortuary Chapel and Lodge (qqv).

Listing NGR: SX9367893173

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

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