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tomb top lowered onto a mausoleum by members of london stone conservation working at highgate cemetery

MONUMENT CONSERVATION
PRIVATE MEMORIALS
Highgate Cemetery, Highgate East Square 70 2010-ongoing

Situated on one of the more frequented footpaths of Highgate East Cemetery, this row of seven monuments is invested with a specific public familiarity. Most of these monuments were vaulted graves and as a result of subsidence, caused by root invasion, they have suffered considerable structural failure over the past decades.

Thus elements of the memorials had been separated and dislocated from their foundations; in one more extreme case, an entire monument had collapsed towards the pathway, obstructing access.
Consequently, it was decided to carry out major reconstruction and restoration works to these memorials, with a view to ensuring the structural integrity of each of the monuments for an indeterminate posterity.

Most of the brick vaults were so severely damaged that they were beyond reasonable repair. What with not one of these graves ‘active’ (sic),  the cemetery directors decided to back-fill the vaults with topsoil, thereby sealing the vaults at ground level.

To achieve a coherent response to the original intention of the brick-vaulted monuments of Highgate Cemetery, we decided to reconstruct the existing memorials on fake brick vaults. We wished to facilitate a traditional appearance, whilst at the same time creating a dividing structure  between each of the monuments.

Using original Victorian bricks, the result is in keeping with the architectural intention of the cemetery.

 

Chronology

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