Another chance to see inside the Chapels………..

The Friends had hoped to meet the Cabinet Member responsible for Cemeteries today for an official look around the Chapels again for the second time, but it was postponed till later this year.

Accompanied by the staff, who have worked very hard to clean up and organise the damaged contents, we had a better view this time as we had lighting! Through this screen mourners would have been able to see the coffin in the ‘coffin chamber’, delivered here by the Funeral Directors. In more recent times the coffin sat on rails within the main chapel, amongst the mourners (the rails are still visible).

You can see the many photographs we took via this link.

It is now possible to see the actual extent of damage is no where near as severe as originally thought. Both roofs are now sound.

It was very heartening to hear the interest  the staff have and their hopes to keep making small improvements that may, one day soon, allow the public supervised access.

What would the Friends like to see as the next step…..

Perspex on the window apertures instead of boards ! Watch this space. Thanks again to Dawn and her team, especially Alan for his persistent cleaning, sweeping and stacking of items that were scattered around after the original fire.

4 comments

  1. Sandra Billingham says:

    Thank you so much for showing the insides of this chapel. My father remembers it, as he and my late mother, had the service prior to her burial, of my sister Margaret, who passed away at 5 weeks old 1947. Unfortunately I never met her, it was before i was born
    I do hope that this chapel one day will get restored to it’s original glory.

    • Jane Edwards says:

      Some in the windows, Anne, of the undamaged chapel. Otherwise very little. I thought they had taken some out and stored it elsewhere but they didn’t seem to know about it. The pews from the east side are also missing. Any recollection where they are supposed to have gone?

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