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Cemetery Lodge (North)

Hanley (Shelton)
1 Cemetery Road
Heritage No.
55 A
Date Listed
15 March 1993
Building: Cemetery Lodge (North)
Description:  Cemetery (Registrar's) Lodge, 1860, white Brick with stone, plain tile roof.

Hanley Cemetery (Sexton's) Lodge

Photo:  Mr Brian Peach  Oct 2000

Cemetery lodge now in use as offices. Circa 1860. Yellow brick with stone dressings and plain tiled roof with scalloped bands and ridge cresting. Asymmetrical plan with 2 right-angled 2-storeyed wings and lean-to porch in the angle, with arched entry and rosette window.

3-light mullioned and transomed window with stilted hood-mould in gable, with triangular oriel over. Canted bay with stone roof projecting from other wing. Truncated stack at junction of the 2 wings

The Burial Board Committee was set up in October 1857. John Ridgway, the first mayor of the borough of Hanley, was instrumental in its setting up. Land was purchased from the Bishop family, Sir Thomas Boughey and Sir Lawrance Armistead.

Cemetery Road was built for Hanley Borough Council by Mr Durber, along with the drainage and boundary walls for 1808. The Lodge's were designed by Henry Ward and the cemetery opened in May 1860, built at a cost of 13,000.

"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


View of Cemetery Road from Stoke Road
View of Cemetery Road from Stoke Road
on the left is the Sexton's Lodge 
and on the right is the Registrar's House.

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

Side view of the Registrars House on Cemetery Street
Side view of the Registrars House on Cemetery Street

Rear view looking towards Stoke Road
Cauldon Collage can be seen in the background.

 photos: Steve Birks  Jan 2001


Registrar's House: Front elevation from Cemetery Road and ground floor plan. The house like the other two lodges was built of white bricks with stone dressings to the design of Henry Ward and Son, who designed Stoke Town Hall. The room set aside for the registrar's office was to the left of the front entrance and faced onto Cemetery Road.


Front elevation of the Registrars House on Cemetery Street
Front elevation of the Registrars House on Cemetery Street


Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan


| The Sexton's lodge | The cemetery chapels |


you can take a 'walk' around
the Shelton area

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1861 census returns:

Shelton Park (Registrars Lodge)

Name Position Status Age Employment Place of Birth
William Spence Head Married 44 Registrar, Hanley Cemetery Scotland, Aberdeen
Emma Spence Wife Married 35   Staffs, B-----?
Edward Spence Son Single 17 Clerk at Cemetery Staffs, B-----?
Anna Spence Daughter Single 14 Scholar Staffs, B-----?


1891 census returns:

2 Cemetery Road (Registrars Lodge)

Name Position Status Age Employment Place of Birth
Joseph Kent Head Married 46 Cemetery Registrar Staffs, Penkhull
Harriet Kent Wife Married 46   Staffs, S-on-Trent
Margaret Kent Daughter Single 24 Mother's help Staffs, Penkhull
Harriet A Kent Daughter Single 18 Manufacturers Clerk  Staffs, Penkhull
Martha Kent Daughter Single 17 Earthenware factors clerk Staffs, Penkhull
Edgar Baker Kent Son Single 14 County Court Clerk Staffs, Penkhull
Percy James Kent Son Single 12 Scholar Staffs, Penkhull
James Wood Visitor Single 24 Carpenter Salop, Oswestry


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