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Stoke-on-Trent Districts: Hanley Cemetery

 

 
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Hanley Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Shelton


The cemetery chapels and lodges


 

Henry Ward and Son were responsible for the design of the chapels as well as the sextons and registrars lodges. In common with other cemeteries in the city (such as Hartshill and Longton cemeteries) there were two chapels. One for the Church of England and one for Dissenters (such as Methodists).


Extract from the 1878 OS map


 

Each chapel has a vestry and the two buildings are connected by three open archways. The center was grained and was for a carriageway; the two side arches being for foot passengers. The chapels were built in a symmetrical manner and the tower, surmounted by a spirelet, rises from the centre. The floors are paved with Minton & Co.'s encaustic tiles. 

   


The Sexton's Lodge

No 1 Cemetery Road - The Sexton's Lodge
No 1 Cemetery Road - The Sexton's Lodge


Cemetery Road was built for Hanley Borough Council by Mr Durber, along with the drainage and boundary walls for 1808.

The house like the other lodge was built of white bricks with stone dressings to the design of Henry Ward and Son, who designed Stoke Town Hall.

William Marsh was appointed in 1860 as one of the labourers and sexton at the cemetery to live in the lodge on Stoke Road. Wages at 18s a week for 7 days work and any overtime that may be required. 
 


No 2 Cemetery Road - The Registrar's Lodge
No 2 Cemetery Road - The Registrar's Lodge

"For the construction of the chapels and lodges a contract was entered into with Mr J. Clewes, of Hanley at a cost of 2,598.... The principle entrance the the cemetery is on the Stoke road where two lodges have been erected - one for the registrar and one for the head sexton." The Staffordshire Advertiser newspaper 5 May 1860.

 There were 32 applications for the position of registrar to which William Spence was appointed at a salary of 80 per annum, with house rent and tax free. He was the registrar until 1879 and was succeeded by Joseph Kent who was in the post until 1916. After his death, Margaret, his daughter was registrar until 1919 but was replaced by a man after the end of The First World War

 

 

    
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