the chapel

Agecroft Anglican Chapel shortly before closure in the mid 1980s. This is the only known photograph of the chapel in its prime, before the years of decline set in. Contact us if you have any photographs of the chapel.

The Anglican chapel in Salford’s Agecroft Cemetery is just one of a group of coordinated buildings designed by the Manchester architects Walter Sharp and Frederick Foster. The range of buildings also include the lodge, cemetery office, former non-conformist chapel (now the crematorium), imposing entrance gateway and perimeter walls. In addition there was a Roman Catholic chapel to the south of the cemetery which was demolished.

The Anglican Mortuary chapel was opened in 1903 by Manchester’s Bishop James Moorhouse. Designed as the centrepiece of the cemetery it is a remarkable building of considerable height, grandeur and robust construction. The importance of the chapel is reflected in its Grade II status and its unique design; a mixture of gothic, arts and crafts and art nouveau influences. For these reasons it must not be lost. Detailed information on the Chapel including the listing criteria can be found at:     https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1067513

Stained glass windows at the former Agecroft Anglican chapel. Some of the glass will need repair as part of the restoration process but we are confident that this is possible. Apart from the decorative elements in the windows, the chapel interior appears to have been relatively plain and sober reflecting the use of the chapel for funeral services. We do not know the origin of the design of the windows but ongoing research may reveal this although, to date, it has been impossible to trace original plans or architect’s drawings.
The stained glass at Agecroft  lacks overt religious imagery and is also reminiscent of domestic glass. This design may have come from a glass manufacturer’s pattern book rather than being specifically designed for the chapel. The window tracery of red sandstone  is still in excellent condition despite its age and there is only minimal damage to this window which is repairable.