We’ve been awarded a really prestigious award by the Wrexham Area Civic Society for the recently refurbished Wrexham Cemetery, one of the finest examples of a Victorian cemetery in Wales.
The project was presented with The Ruth Howard Award which is the Society’s most prestigious Award and isn’t given out every year. It is given for outstanding contributions to Wrexham’s environment, encompassing architecture, conservation and landscape.
Wrexham Cemetery was successful in securing a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant of £1.2 Million to support the £1.5 Million worth of work involved in refurbishing the Victorian section of Wrexham Cemetery.
The conservation work has included refurbishment of the twin chapels and lodge, listed fencing, gates and entrance features and renewal of the footpath network. A small amount of memorial restoration was also undertaken for the significant memorials which form part of a new trail around the historical section of the cemetery.
Interpretation panels explaining about the history of the cemetery have been created and can be viewed in the West Chapel. The East Chapel now houses the Cemetery Office and can be used for historical research into the cemetery.
Councillor David A Bithell, Lead Member, Environment and Transport, said “I am very pleased to accept the award on behalf of Wrexham County Borough Council. It recognises the hard work Council staff, Harrison Design Development, as lead consultants and Grosvenor Construction have put into the refurbishment work to restore the cemetery and provide a good facility for the future. I also would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for making this work possible through their grant aid and support.”
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