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UK Angelcroft Mortuary Chapel, Salford - Dec 2013

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The first look outside is of the old chapel covered by ivy and vines

The tower has a ladder from the roof to the clock face which got my interest, the cemetery was busy so I waited for five minutes until the nearby mourners moved away and was in like a ferret up a drain pipe

The floor inside is thick with pigeon crap and soft beneath the feet, you can feel as it moves with each step, it was clear the way up to the roof and tower had long since gone.

Agecroft Cemetery was opened as Salford Northern Cemetery by Salford City Council on 2 July 1903 on 45 acres (18.2 hectares) of ground because the existing cemetery at Weaste was near to capacity. The new cemetery, which lies in the Irwell Valley alongside the river bounded by Agecroft Road (A6044) and Langley Road in Pendlebury, was initially outside the Salford city boundary, but has lain within the city since Pendlebury was incorporated into the City of Salford in 1974. Since the cemetery was opened more than 53,700 interments have been carried out. The original non-conformist chapel was converted to a crematorium in January 1957 which since then has handled nearly 60,000 cremation services. The crematorium chapel can hold up to 60 mourners.

In the grounds is a large disused mortuary chapel with a clock tower. It is now derelict and hidden by trees. It is listed as a heritage building at risk by the Victorian Society.

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