The Cemetery Chapels, near the centre of Holbeach, are an excellent example of Victorian architecture, designed by one of the leading architects of his day, James Piggott Pritchett Junior . The Chapels, one Church of England and the other Non-Conformist, built in 1854, are surrounded by a six acre cemetery that would have been strongly influenced in layout and planting by the influential landscape designer, James Claudius Loudon. There are some fine examples of elaborate funerary monuments which commemorate some of the area’s leading families and figures of their time.
In 2010 a Steering Committee was set up with the aim of attracting funding to refurbish the buildings and to find a use for the chapels that would benefit the whole community. By 2013 a Conditions Report and an Options Appraisal had been completed; a Limited Company had been formed with charitable status and Trustees had been appointed.
The Trust applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in 2014 to support refurbishment costs but were unsuccessful. In partnership with Heritage Lincolnshire, the Trustees reapplied to HLF in late 2015 and were awarded £49,000 in April 2016 to undertake a Stage One/Develoment Phase. A Project Officer was appointed in June 2016 and since then an exciting range of developments has taken place.
The Trust is committed to:
- preserving the heritage value of the chapels
- protecting the future use of the buildings for the public
- promoting the importance of the surrounding environment
- providing educational and volunteering opportunities in South Lincolnshire by offering a range of cultural and creative activities
The Trust has been fortunate in attracting further funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund; Lincolnshire County Council and Co-op Community Grant; as well as working closely with Heritage Lincolnshire to achieve its ultimate aim of acquiring the necessary funding to refurbish the Chapels and secure a sustainable use for their future existence.
Holbeach Cemetery Chapels are just one delightful example of the heritage sites that abound in South Lincolnshire. A visit to them will reward the discerning tourist with views of some splendid architecture and a reminder of how lives were celebrated and dignified in death by our ancestors.