Rochdale Cemetery Entrance arch and walls

Rochdale Cemetery Entrance arch and walls

Rochdale Cemetery Sandstone entrance arch & walls Lyons was chosen by contractor NAB of Oldham to work on the Grade II-listed principal entrance and West lodge.  In the 1850s, new legislation allowed local councils to create municipal cemeteries. Rochdale, whose existing 14 burial grounds were ‘loathsome’ or nearly filled (according to the Pilot & Rochdale Report) was quick to act. With a site already secured, a competition was held for the design of a cemetery — with a princely first prize of £20 for the winner. Interestingly, 15 of the original Rochdale Pioneers (who started the now global co-operative movement) are buried here. Rochdale Cemetery opened to a fanfare in 1855, and today the land is registered under Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953 within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens by English Heritage. A series of pillars, each of different stone and engraved as such, mark the boundary between consecrated and unconsecrated ground. As part of a 10-month architectural restoration project by Rochdale Council, Lyons was chosen by contractor NAB of Oldham to work on the Grade II-listed principal entrance and West lodge. The central carriage entrance, with large stone arch below a stepped parapet, sits between octagonal buttresses flanked by arched pedestrian gateways. East and west of the entrance and its original cast iron gates are stone lodges. Details of Work Included: Over a four-week period, we cleaned and repointed the stone, repaired the cracked finials of the sandstone entrance, and repointed the West Lodge. The structure was cleaned using DOFF, a low pressure, super heated, non-chemical water method, before being repointed with lime...