Grant to raise Cemetery to Life
AGECROFT CEMETERY CHAPEL RECEIVES £4,850 FROM THE AHF
Campaigners hoping to rescue and restore an historic cemetery chapel in Salford have received good news from the Architectural Heritage Fund. A successful grant application has been awarded £4,850 representing 30% of the funds needed for a study to work out whether the building could have a commercially viable future.
The Agecroft Cemetery Chapel Restoration Group became a constituted group in 2016 and having been successful in securing funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Salford community committees can now move forward with their commercial viability study and consultation work. They want to make the building available for a wide range of uses including a flower shop, café and meeting space.
The chapel has been vacant since 1985. It is one of a range of buildings located within the 45 acre Agecroft cemetery on Langley Road in Salford and was opened in 1903 to designs by the Manchester architects, Sharp and Foster. The chapel features a mixture of arts and crafts, gothic revival and art nouveau elements.
Beryl Patten, a spokesman for the group, said that achieving the AHF grant was a crucial element in this first phase of the campaign. She said, 'Our long-term aim is to achieve a fully-restored and sustainable building with community access for generations to enjoy.'
Ian Morrison, Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund said: ‘We’re pleased to support groups like this one in Agecroft who have the vision and passion to turn historic cemetery chapels into useful community spaces. The grant has been made possible with support from Historic England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport who also fund a team of regional support officers who provide advice for communities who want to rescue and restore much loved historic buildings.’