THE THREE CHAPELS IN THE CEMETERY
In the Western Cemetery once stood 3 Memorial Chapels, a Church of England, a Roman Catholic and a Non Conformist Chapel
These were all in the old part of the Cemetery and were built when the Cemetery was opened in 1861
As far as we are aware the Chapels were used until the 1970’s from what we understand the Church of England Chapel and Roman Catholic Chapels were demolished in the 1970’s and the Non Conformist was demolished in the early 1980’s
The Church of England Chapel
The Roman Catholic Chapel
I came across this image of a Chapel when I was looking at a number of press cutting we have at the Heritage Centre that relate to the work of Howard Peters.
Anyone from Darwen of a certain age will recall that Howard Peters had a regular page in the Darwen News on items of “yesterday.” Some of the article feature in his column were relative small and something there was the odd photo – included this one.
Apart from saying it was a recently demolished chapel there was no other information.
I think it has a look of the R/C Chapel.
Tony Foster September 2019
Non Conformist Chapel
After years of searching by Alan Walton we finally now have a photograph of the chapel that stood on the mound at the top of the cemetery.
We now have photos of all three chapels. it’s taken quite some time but we knew it had to be out their somewhere. photo taken in July of 1959. And found in the CWGC archives.
We thank The Commonwealth War Graves Commission for allowing us to use this photo.
Well done Alan !!!