SK3970 : Spital - Cemetery - gravestones to SW of chapel

taken 6 years ago, near to Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Spital - Cemetery - gravestones to SW of chapel
Spital - Cemetery - gravestones to SW of chapel
Situated three quarters of a mile from the town centre, Spital Cemetery was in 1857 the first public cemetery to be opened in Chesterfield to serve the local communities of Chesterfield and Tapton. There are two entrances, off the A632 road at Hady Hill.

The lodge at the lower of the two entrances on Hady Hill is a Grade II listed building (see LinkExternal link for details).

The 19th century saw a huge cemetery building programme in response to population growth and an increase in the demands of non-Anglican denominations. The majority were laid out on a garden plan with a cemetery chapel at their heart, and these (like Spital Church and Chapel) were divided to provide Anglican and Nonconformist accommodation.

The church and chapel are Grade II listed (see LinkExternal link for details), but are no longer used for burial services. The chapel has two attractive spires, one in the form of an obelisk and the other a broach spire above the entrance porch. It is in a poor state of repair with deteriorating masonry and water penetration exacerbated by lead theft from the valleys in the roof.

In 2012, the cemetery church and chapel were featured in the annual catalogue of buildings at risk published by the conservation charity, "SAVE Britain's Heritage". Each year, this heritage group shines a spotlight on 100 or so historic buildings in need of repair throughout England and Wales. The building is owned by the council who, together with the Friends of Spital Cemetery, were keen to find a viable alternative use.

Further information on the cemetery is available at LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link .

The above information is now incorporated in the Wikipedia article on Spital, Derbyshire at LinkExternal link .

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Date Taken
Sunday, 5 October, 2014   (more nearby)
Monday, 13 October, 2014
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3904 7071 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:13.9199N 1:24.9963W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3904 7068
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