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HER Number:MDV84279
Name:Northern Mortuary Chapel, Exeter Higher Cemetery


One of a pair of Gothic mortuary chapels probably dating to 1866, designed to accommodate the requirements of the Nonconformists.


Grid Reference:SX 936 931
Map Sheet:SX99SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExeter
Ecclesiastical ParishHEAVITREE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CEMETERY CHAPEL (XIX - 1860 AD to 1869 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Mortuary Chapel (Dissenters)' shown.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

One of a pair of Gothic mortuary chapels probably dating to 1866 when the cemetery was officially consecrated and opened. Designed by Edward Ashworth to accommodate the requirements of the Nonconformists, the other chapel for Anglicans. Heavitree coursed stone with Bath stone dressings. Slate roofs with bands of different colours; cast iron rainwater goods. Ridge tiles with finials. Decorated Gothic Revival style, matching the other chapel and the cemetery lodge. Plan: Small rectangular chapel with west end entrance. Exterior: 3-bay chapel. Low battered footings. Angle buttresses with set-offs and similar buttresses to each bay; W end gabled bellcote with bell. Decorated style 2-light traceried windows with hoodmoulds and variations in head tracery. The W end has a pointed arched plank door with Gothic iron strap hinges. 2 Decorated style windows above, with a single blind Decorated style window in the apex of the gable. 3-light E window with trefoil-headed lights with head tracery and hoodmoulds with good quality carved pre-Raphaelite style heads for the terminals. Stained glass in east window, the rest glazed with clear glass. Iron bootscraper to left of door. INTERIOR: Only one chapel inspected internally. Hammer beam roof construction, springing off stone corbels. Edward Ashworth was one of the leading local Gothic Revival architects, working from an office in Dix's Field, Exeter. He specialised in church restoration work. Part of a good group with the Southern Mortuary Chapel and Lodge (qqv).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108459 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV107288Part of: Exeter Higher Cemetery (Park/Garden)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 27 2014 3:51PM