Since 2015 a local group of volunteers – The Agecroft Cemetery Chapel Restoration Group – has been working with Salford Council officers to restore and bring the former Anglican mortuary chapel at Agecroft Cemetery in Salford, Greater Manchester back into use.
The first crucial stage in the campaign, once some funds were in place, involved the removal of plant growth from the exterior of the building which had built up since 1985 when the chapel was closed. Once the dense ivy and other plants were removed a specialist historic building surveyor was able to take an objective look at the structural condition and to give his comments about the viability of restoration. The comments were favourable and the group then moved forward to secure funding for a further, in depth structural survey. Grants were acquired from Salford neighbourhoods and from the Heritage Lottery and Architectural Heritage Funds for this purpose. The successful outcome of these applications means that the group can now take the campaign one step further, proceed with the structural survey and gain a firm idea of the projected costs of any future full-scale restoration.
Watch this space for future announcements and the dates of community consultations and events. We will be asking for feedback and ideas on future uses for the building, information which will help in future applications for funding. You can use the contact form to give us your comments. You can also catch up with chapel developments and support the campaign on our facebook page where you can also give us your comments and support: https://www.facebook.com/agecroftchapelrestoration/