Good news stories : Millbrook Mortuary Chapel, 1904

Millbrook Mortuary Chapel in Millbrook graveyard, southeast Cornwall is a charming little building built in 1904. It stands on the site of the former Millbrook Church which dates from the 1830s but was declared unsafe and demolished in the late 19th Century. Last used in 2010, the Chapel was surplus to requirements and in 2017 the Church of England decided to sell the property. To retain the Chapel as a community space, a group of local residents formed the Friends of Millbrook Chapel of Rest with a view to acquiring the property, repairing and renovating it and re-opening it as a Heritage and Educational Centre.

Three years on and the first phase was achieved when the Transfer Of Deed was completed in September 2020. We can now focus fund raising to begin the repairs which are likely to cost in the region of £120,000. Although structurally sound, the Chapel is in a state of poor repair with immediate work required to the roof, facias, barges and rainwater goods. The beautiful East Window is a focal point but has slumped and requires work estimated at £6000. The bell turret and bell need a complete overhaul and the lime mortar needs replacing… this project is a challenge indeed. With Covid-19 recovery taking much of the major Lottery Funding its not going to be easy but with perseverance and the enthusiasm of the community we would hope to complete the work within the next 3 years.

You can read more about the project on our website www.millbrookheritage.com or follow us on Facebook @millbrookheritage.As a group of dedicated amateurs we are always looking for advice and support.

If you would like to get involved please get in touch millbrookheritage@gmail.com

Bruce Taggart,Chair, Friends of Millbrook Chapel of Rest

Published by buildingsatrisk

Since 1969 the aims of the Cornish Buildings Group have been to stimulate interest, appreciation and knowledge of good building in Cornwall, and to encourage the erection, protection, repair and recording of such buildings. Like any amenities group, we depend on numbers, strength and support of our membership, who provide the force and knowledge that have made us effective for over fifty years. We encourage the protection and repair of historic buildings whether these are listed buildings or simply good examples of traditional building. We aim to encourage good architecture and to raise the general standard of building throughout the county. We hope that our generation may leave behind it buildings which will be looked back on with that same pleasure and enjoyment that we experience when we look at the architecture of past ages.

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