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Gateway and forecourt walls to Cathays Cemetery

A Grade II Listed Building in Cardiff, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.5002 / 51°30'0"N

Longitude: -3.1786 / 3°10'43"W

OS Eastings: 318282

OS Northings: 178580

OS Grid: ST182785

Mapcode National: GBR KJD.75

Mapcode Global: VH6F6.VKF8

Plus Code: 9C3RGR2C+3G

Entry Name: Gateway and forecourt walls to Cathays Cemetery

Listing Date: 19 May 1975

Last Amended: 22 October 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13682

Building Class: Domestic

Location: At the main entrance to Cathays Cemetery SE of the Anglican and non-conformist chapels.

County: Cardiff

Town: Cardiff

Community: Cathays

Community: Cathays

Locality: Cathays Cemetery

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Built in 1859 for Cardiff New Cemetery and designed by R.G. Thomas, architect of Newport, in collaboration with T. Waring, Borough Surveyor. Thomas also designed the chapels and Cemetery House.


A Gothic entrance portal of snecked rock-faced sandstone and lighter freestone dressings and coping. The portal has gabled buttresses, and a central wide gabled entrance flanked by narrower gabled pedestrian entrances. The central 2-centred arch has foliage capitals to an inner roll moulding in the arch, and hood with foliage stops and crocketed finial. Above the arch is a shield decorated with chevrons and under a pointed hood mould. Double iron gates have 4-way finials. The 2-centred outer arches have responds with shafts and stiff leaf capitals, and hoods with foliage stops. Above the arches are shields under pointed hoods (shield missing on the L side). The pedestrian entrances have saddleback copings. Iron gates have scrollwork above a hinged top rail and trident finials. The inner side of the portal is similar to the exterior, but has blank shields over the pedestrian gates.

Dwarf forecourt walls of concave plan curve outwards and terminate in octagonal piers with pyramidal caps (apex of cap missing on the L side) over gablets in each facet. The forecourt wall is surmounted by low iron railings.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well-detailed entrance gateway, and for group value with the mortuary chapels and Cemetery House at the finest public cemetery in Wales.

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