Agecroft Chapel, Northern Cemetery, Salford
*Update* February 2020 - We have just heard that the determined and energetic volunteers group which were hoping to help bring about the restoration of the chapel have reluctantly decided to disband. While there are still a few individuals keen to find a way to save the chapel, more support is needed now both in terms of those willing to fight for this lovely building and sources of funding to carry out the necessary work. As proposed by the initial recommendations of the conservation officer in post when this building was first added to the register in 1999, it could provide an enormously beneficial and welcoming facility for the many users of the cemetery. We have made this the Building of Month for March 2020 to highlight the need for new input. Click here to read the article.
*Update* November 2018 We understand that the Building Preservation Trust established to try to save this lovely chapel (also known as Agecroft Chapel) obtained funding for a feasibility study from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Architectural Heritage Fund last year.
Alas, another impoverished cemetery chapel. This one was built in c.1903 by Sharpe and Foster in a free Gothic style with Arts and Crafts influence. It is constructed of rock faced stone with red sandstone ashlar dressings and a clay tile roof. The most notable feature of the building is the unusual tower which is surmounted by an eclectic wooden final stage set back behind a parapet.
The chapel has been empty for about 20 years and is looking very bedraggled with a rampant covering of ivy, grass flourishing in the gutters and what appear to be small trees beginning to take root at the top of the tower. All of this points to severe maintenance arrears and imminent structural damage, if this hasn't already occurred. The wooden top of the tower is in danger of falling off. Internally the clock tower has collapsed because of dry rot. The building has been sealed off from the public and is considered to be in a dangerous condition.The site is now surrounded in very close proximity by fast maturing trees that now screen the main body of the church.
There are, however, plans afoot which display a great deal of imagination on the part of the local conservation officer.The long term aim is to provide a centralized point where the bereaved could find florists, monumental masons, funeral directors etc, all in the same building. In 2006, with the involvement of the council, a Building Preservation Trust was set up to get the ball rolling. The chapel is now protected by a fence and seems relatively secure. There are however concerns about the condition of the building. The attractive wooden lantern on the top the chapel's tower is in danger of caving in. Work has been done however to try and remedy potential damage of overgrown ivy.