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Chapel at Astley Bridge Cemetery

A Grade II Listed Building in Astley Bridge, Bolton

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.5982 / 53°35'53"N

Longitude: -2.4379 / 2°26'16"W

OS Eastings: 371113

OS Northings: 411384

OS Grid: SD711113

Mapcode National: GBR CVDT.ZV

Mapcode Global: WH97N.JT9D

Plus Code: 9C5VHHX6+7R

Entry Name: Chapel at Astley Bridge Cemetery

Listing Date: 11 March 1999

Last Amended: 30 April 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1388032

English Heritage Legacy ID: 476030

Location: Bolton, BL1

County: Bolton

Electoral Ward/Division: Astley Bridge

Built-Up Area: Bolton

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Astley Bridge St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text

SD 71 SW,
797-1/7/251

BOLTON,
EDEN STREET (South side),
Chapel at Astley Bridge Cemetery

(Formerly Listed as: EDEN STREET Astley Bridge Cemetery Chapel)

11/03/99

GV

II

Cemetery chapel. 1883, with minor C20 alterations. By J
Simpson, architect for the Astley Bridge Local Board.
Thinly-course square sandstone with ashlar dressings, rising
form a low chamfered plinth. Coped gables and a slated roof
covering, laid to diminishing courses.
PLAN: L-shaped complex, with principal range aligned NE-SW,
with lower wing extending north-westwards at the NE end and
lower entrance cross range to SW end. Decorated Gothic Revival
style.
SOUTH-EAST ELEVATION: tall 3-bay range with raking ashlar
buttresses, ashlar cill band and three, 2-light windows with
Decorated tracery, the window to the right a tall gabled
dormer. Lower gabled cross range to SW end, with wide,
pionted-arched doorway set between attached shafts with
foliage capitals and below tympanum with foliage decoration.
Above, hoodmould with single stop. Vertically-boarded door
with decorative strap hinges.
NORTH-WEST ELEVATION: lower gabled range to left with two
single-light windows and tiny lancet ventilators to gable
apex. Tall stone stack with coupled chimneys at junction of
the 2 ranges. To the right, two, 2-light windows and steep
raking corner buttress. Doorway to cross range at right-hand
end with detailing to match that of sourth-east elevation. SW
gable with rose window to apex, incorporating quatrefoil
lights. Side wall of cross range with tall, 2-light gabled
dormer to centre and prominent gabled buttresses to ends. NE
gable with wide 4-light window set above ashlar panel with
hood-mould.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
HISTORY: the Astley Bridge Local Board, formed in 1864
established the 8-acre cemetery on land purchased from the
Eden Trust. Provision was made for separate areas for
Anglicans, Dissenters and Catholics but the cemetery Chapel
was designed to serve all three denominations.
A small, well-detailed and substantially complete cemetery
chapel, designed as the centrepiece of a mid-C19 cemetery
design and intended to serve all Christian denominations


within an expanding C19 textile manufacturing community.

Listing NGR: SD7111311384

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

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