"Magical" Abney Park Chapel Reopens After Restoration Work
USL were privileged to be involved as principle contractor undertaking the sympathetic restoration and conservation of Abney Chapel in Abney Park (Hackney) one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries. Grade-II listed Abney Mortuary Chapel dates from 1839, where over the years it has been subject to severe vandalism and overgrowth. This listed heritage asset was identified by Historic England as ‘Heritage at Risk’, an endangered Victorian building.
Restoration programme included; comprehensive repairs to the 120-foot octagon steeple including removal of old cement render and replacement with lime mortar as well as stone ribs, stone masonry restoration to spire cross, wide-ranging stone masonry repairs and brick indent to entire chapel, full replacement of Nave roof and three other smaller transept roofs with new slate tiles, custom joinery to replace timber roof rafters including wall plates and leadwork services to install new gutter flashings, drainage soak sways and iron downpipes.
“We hope as many people as possible come and immerse themselves in the fascinating history.”