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HER Number:MDV96078
Name:East Chapel, Bear Street Cemetery, Barnstaple


One of an identical pair of cemetery chapels built in 1856 to the designs of Richard Davie Gould.


Grid Reference:SS 566 333
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CEMETERY CHAPEL (XIX - 1856 AD to 1856 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Mortuary Chapel (Nonconformist)' marked.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

East Cemetery Chapel.
Cemetery chapel, one of an identical pair. 1856. To the designs of Richard Davie Gould. Snecked local slatestone; natural slate roof with crested ridge tiles. Decorated Gothic style. Close to the entrance and on the same alignment as the other chapel of the pair (qv). Shown on the OS map as the Nonconformist chapel of the pair. small 3-bay chapel with gabled porch in the centre on the south side. Clasping battered buttresses at ends with low buttress in the centre below the E window cill. Coped gables with kneelers; coped plinth. E and W ends identical with 3-light window with hoodmould, carved corbel heads and cusped roundels in the head tracery. Moulded string across E and W ends rises to form cill below window. S side has coped gabled porch with chamfered 2-centred arched doorway. Windows, 2 to S side, 3 to N, are 2-light traceried windows. W end has later doorway knocked in and conversion to toilet at west end.
Interior: not inspected but may retain features of interest.
Historical Note: the cemetery was founded by the Barnstaple Burial Board in 1856 (Brooks). RD Gould was the town surveyor. (Brooks C: Mortal Remains: Exeter: 1989-: 119).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #109975 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV104807Part of: Bear Street Cemetery, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV96077Related to: Cemetery Lodge, Bear Street Cemetery, Barnstaple (Building)
MDV96080Related to: Gate Piers and Gates to Bear Street Cemetery, Barnstaple (Building)
MDV96079Related to: West Chapel, Bear Street Cemetery, Barnstaple (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 29 2013 12:28PM