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The Kraftmeier Mausoleum, Greatness Cemetery

A Grade II Listed Building in Sevenoaks, Kent

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Latitude: 51.2912 / 51°17'28"N

Longitude: 0.2056 / 0°12'20"E

OS Eastings: 553885

OS Northings: 156980

OS Grid: TQ538569

Mapcode National: GBR TZ.GHW

Mapcode Global: VHHPL.JT12

Entry Name: The Kraftmeier Mausoleum, Greatness Cemetery

Listing Date: 11 August 2003

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1392663

English Heritage Legacy ID: 501763

Location: Sevenoaks, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14

County: Kent

District: Sevenoaks

Civil Parish: Sevenoaks

Built-Up Area: Sevenoaks

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Sevenoaks St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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The Kraftmeier Mausoleum, Greatness Cemetery


Mausoleum. Circa 1908 in Art Nouveau style, first dedication to Esme Kraftmeier who died aged twelve. Rough hewn granite base with rectangular two-tone stone mausoleum above with barrel-vaulted copper roof.

EXTERIOR: Above the granite base are alternate courses of white and grey stone with carved friezes above to front and sides and copper roof supported on a wide bracket eaves cornice. The front or north side has a central doorcase with round-headed arch with keystone and high quality panelled door with circular light and ornamental ironwork including wings. On each side is a sculptural panel, to left an angel comforting an elderly man in biblical dress and to the right an angel comforting a female and child in biblical dress. In front of the door are kerbstones and square bases for stone obelisks with ball finials and ball decorations to base. The east side sculptural panel depicts Jesus with disciples, mothers and children under trees which include palm trees. The west side frieze depicts Jesus with the heavily laden, including a negro slave in chains. The rear or south side has a circular window with elaborate keystone, frosted glass, three attached pilasters interrupting a moulded band, two small copper ventilation holes and end pilasters.

INTERIOR: Not inspected but other burials or dedications reported.

HISTORY: the Kraftmeiers are reported to have returned to Germany by the outbreak of the First World War .

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

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