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Part/component area of: Beckford's Estate


Brief description of site

Lansdown Cemetery was opened in 1848. The area is dominated by the Italianate tower built for Beckford to H E Goodridge's designs in 1825-7. Other features include a a richly decorated stone gatehouse, a sunken terrace and the remains of a grotto. The site, with fine views over Bath, was given to the city as a cemetery by Beckford's daughter.

Brief history of site

The land was formerly a pleasure ground owned by William Beckford of Fonthill. He had wanted his sarcophagus to be placed in the grounds, but this was not allowed because the ground was unconsecrated. His daughter later presented the site to the people of Bath on condition that it would be used as a cemetery and Beckford's tomb be returned. The tomb was brought back in 1848 when the new cemetery, named Lansdown Cemetery, was consecrated and Beckford's Tower was converted into a mortuary chapel.

Location information:

Address: Lansdown Cemetery, Bath, BA1 9BH

Locality: Bath

Local Authorities:

Bath and North East Somerset; Lansdown

Historical County: Gloucestershire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 172 Grid Ref: ST738675
Latitude: 51.4059 Longitude: -2.37806

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal cemetery for general public use.

Key information:

Form of site: cemetery

Purpose of site: cemetery

Context or principal building: cemetery

Site first created: 1827 to 1848

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 3.5

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