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Non-Conformist Chapel in Smallcombe Cemetery (formerly Bathwick Cemetery)

A Grade II Listed Building in Bathwick, Bath and North East Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3758 / 51°22'33"N

Longitude: -2.3431 / 2°20'35"W

OS Eastings: 376214

OS Northings: 164144

OS Grid: ST762641

Mapcode National: GBR 0QJ.NFQ

Mapcode Global: VH96M.BPN4

Entry Name: Non-Conformist Chapel in Smallcombe Cemetery (formerly Bathwick Cemetery)

Listing Date: 20 December 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1406352

Location: Bath and North East Somerset, BA2

County: Bath and North East Somerset

Electoral Ward/Division: Bathwick

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Summary

Non-conformist Chapel in Smallcombe Cemetery (formerly Bathwick Cemetery), built in c1861 to a design by AS Goodridge.

Description

MATERIAL: random squared limestone rubble, with a pyramid roof in bands of plain and scalloped slates, small gabled vent to each face.

PLAN: an octagonal single cell plan.

EXTERIOR: Early English style. Buttress at each corner. Each face has lancet window with cusped head, continuous hood-mould. Porch projects from north face with pointed arch of two orders, bell-cote over.

INTERIOR: inside it has a scissor-brace roof and original pierced wooden gates.

History

Bathwick or Smallcombe Cemetery, the Anglican portion of which is also known as St Mary’s Churchyard, was laid out in two phases, in 1856 and 1861 by the Bathwick Burial Board. The site is isolated, despite its proximity to the city centre and the Non-Conformist chapel stands in the western part of the cemetery, with the Anglican chapel of 1855-56 by Thomas Fuller (qv) standing in the eastern part. The eastern end of the cemetery is bounded by a coped wall with two gateways with tall, stepped piers. The cemetery includes several notable memorials, some of which are listed.

Reasons for Listing

* Architectural: for its unusual and striking design, in which the octagonal plan is enhanced by bold features, such as the tall pyramidal roof, and cusped lancet windows;
* Historical: as an important feature within Smallcombe (formerly Bathwick) Cemetery, built by A S Goodridge, a noted architect from a family of Bath architects and builders;
* Group Value: with the Anglican chapel of 1855-56 by Thomas Fuller (qv) standing in the eastern part of the cemetery, and with a number of listed memorials.

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