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LAWNSWOOD CEMETERY CHAPELS AND CREMATORIUM, OTLEY ROAD (west side)
LEEDS, LEEDS, WEST YORKSHIRE
05 August 1976
Date of last amendment:
05 August 1976
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SE23NE OTLEY ROAD, Lawnswood
714-1/6/939 (West side)
05/08/76 Lawnswood Cemetery Chapels and
2 chapels linked by a colonnade and an added crematorium. The
chapels and colonnade 1870-76 by George Corson, the
crematorium added 1905, by WS Braithwaite. Coursed squared
gritstone, tiled roofs. Gothic Revival style.
Chapel group: to north a Church of England chapel of 3 bays
with 2-light windows, buttresses, polygonal apse at N end, an
octagonal turret with louvred belfry and tiled spire roof at
SE corner. An open cloister of 3 arches, the columns of
polished Aberdeen granite, links to the nonconformist chapel
which is set at right angles and has large 3-light
stained-glass windows with circular tracery and carved
spandrels in the gable ends.
The crematorium: 5 bays in similar style, attached to the S
end of the chapel group. Gothic-style windows, buttresses,
coped gables with ball finials; tall square tower (chimney
flue) at NW corner with octagonal 'belfry' stage. A plaque in
the basement records that this crematorium was the first of
its kind in the United Kingdom, opened 4 January 1905; an
architect's drawing is dated January 1904.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
HISTORICAL NOTE: Lawnswood Cemetery was opened in 1875, the
church portion consecrated by the Bishop of Ripon on 31
December. Each chapel had an attached robing room, hot water
pipes and radiators, the cost was »7,500. George Corson was
responsible for the layout of the cemetery which was needed
for the expanding population of the suburbs of Headingley and