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Drake Family Mausoleum

A Grade II Listed Building in Woking, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.2976 / 51°17'51"N

Longitude: -0.6256 / 0°37'31"W

OS Eastings: 495922

OS Northings: 156280

OS Grid: SU959562

Mapcode National: GBR FBP.QMR

Mapcode Global: VHFV7.3NN4

Entry Name: Drake Family Mausoleum

Listing Date: 23 July 2004

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391036

English Heritage Legacy ID: 492724

Location: Woking, Surrey, GU24

County: Surrey

District: Woking

Town: Woking

Electoral Ward/Division: Heathlands

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Woking St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

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Listing Text

71/0/10035 Drake Family Mausoleum, Brookwood Ceme
23-JUL-04 tery

Mausoleum to Sir Wiliam Richard Drake (d.1890). Designer unknown. Limestone and sandstone, pink granite shafts, remains of glass mosaic decoration to frieze, wrought iron gates.
DESCRIPTION: this mausoleum comprises a rectangular cell with arcaded sides, four arched openings per side, and a triple-arched west end with low gates. Above a moulded base is a dado of pink-brown sandstone; paired granite shafts with crocketed capitals support the springing of the arches, also of sandstone, which are decorated with cable mouldings. The upper part of the structure comprises a pedimented roof over a densely bracketed cornice. The floor of the structure has a cross-incised slab to the centre. The inner rear wall is tripartite, echoing the opposite entrance wall, with engaged shafts carrying a sandstone frieze. The wall surface is enriched with floral relief decoration around circular fields: these are now empty, but probably contained bronze panels. To the centre is the Drake coat of arms, over an inscription which reads TYME TRYETHE TRUTHE. The roof has fallen in.
HISTORY: Drake (1817-1890) was a lawyer and connoisseur, involved with both the Burlington Fine Arts Club and with the formation of the Murano Glass & Mosiac Company in 1869, an offshoot of the Salviati firm. The once prominent employment of mosaic to the frieze inscription is now sadly depleted. A very unusual late Victorian mausoleum in the Lombardic manner, reflecting Drake's aesthetic interests.

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