16 August, 2023
USL are pleased to share another Stone Conservation & Masonry Repairs Project at Romsey Cemetery for Test Valley Borough Council in Hampshire. Our restoration team will be restoring and reviving the quaint Grade II Italianate-style non-conformist chapel. This Victorian building is now used as an archaeological store and workspace. The works will include sensitive repairs to the south elevation gable which will require rebuilding, repairs to stone dressings, brickwork and refurbishment of existing cast iron.
The Italianate chapel is a grade II listed building that was constructed in 1857. The chapel is now used as an archaeological store and workspace A recent survey of the building has identified some movement to the south elevation gable which may need rebuilding and repair. Sections of the stone dressings require repair / indentation and refixing. There are a number of spalled bricks which also requires repair. Other works include the removal and refurbishment of the existing cast iron guttering
Parliament passed Burial Acts in the 1850s as a result of overcrowding of graveyards and outbreaks of diseases such as cholera. In 1854 an Act was passed enabling Boroughs to use a rate for a cemetery and Burial Boards were set up for this purpose.
USL has extensive experience working in cemeteries and on monuments, chapels, and boundary walls.
Photos: preworks condition.