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Memorial Woodlands

Set in 120 acres of Green Belt north of Bristol, Memorial Woodlands, founded in 2001 is creating a new woodland burial ground. Using former tannery buildings converted to Chapel and Reception buildings, the site offers gentler and more dignified funeral services in marked contrast to the haste and impersonality of many contemporary alternatives.

Much of the former farm land remains as open meadow, but there are areas of mature and recently planted woodland within which burials take place. To offer peaceful and unhurried use, the buildings are available exclusively for the whole day which does inevitably limit the number of funerals which can be accommodated.

Bristol Memorial Woodlands seeks to expand its capacity by adding a second Chapel and Reception set within their own separate gardens, and a Chapel of Rest set aside in a woodland glade.

Although considered "appropriate" development in the Green Belt, the new buildings will naturally attract vigorous scrutiny for both planners and public. Memorial Woodlands aims to provide buildings which are at once sympathetic to the surroundings in scale and materials and functional, durable and graceful contemporary buildings.

The chapel is an unusual challenge in which the brief is to provide a non-denominational space while incorporating the surviving components, mainly windows, from the former Walmesley Chapel at Ince - in - Makerfield by E. W. Pugin. This was dismantled and re-erected at Inglewood House, Kintbury, Berks, where it was unceremonially stripped of its fittings by the owners when they learend of English Heritage's intention to list it. (see Private Eye). What remained of Pugin building was bought by Bristol Memorial Woodlands and is to be incorporated into the new building. Definitely a challenge!

Memorial Woodlands



Marshall & Kendon, Architects      94 Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2QX UK      Tel: 0117 973 4578      email: mail@marshallandkendon.co.uk