Eyre Chapel

Eyre Chapel is located in the southwestern part of the Catholic Cemetery in Perrymead, Bath. Inspired by the architecture and idyllic rural surroundings, I created this photoart of Eyre Chapel. It can be reached by Perrymead or, by foot, via Bath Abbey Cemetery using the path opened in 2011 which leads from the mortuary chapel to the gate into Perrymead.

This was featured on the Open Chapel Trail held every summer in Bath. An opportunity to visit eight of the fascinating religious buildings throughout Widcombe as part of Heritage Open Days in Bath.

Open Chapels: Widcombe Baptist Church, First Church of Christ Scientist, Eyre Mortuary Chapel, RC Cemetary Chapel, St Thomas à Becket Church, St Mary Magdalan Chapel, St Mark’s Community Centre.

History of Eyre Chapel

An outstanding example of mid-19th century Gothic Catholic Revival architecture. Built between 1859 and 1863 as a burial place and chantry chapel for John Lewis Eyre (1789-1880) and his wife, Augustine Cécile Pulcherie (1797-1876).
The architect was Charles Francis Hansom (1816-88) of Bristol. Less well known than his older brother Joseph, inventor of the Hansom cab, he was an accomplished architect in the Gothic revival tradition, strongly influenced by Pugin, of whom he was a devoted disciple. Perrymead Roman Catholic Cemetery adjoins the much better known Bath Abbey Cemetery. The land for Perrymead was bought for the parish of St John’s church in 1856 and a section was acquired in 1859 for the Eyre family. A charming chapel for the parish was consecrated in 1858 and though the architect is described as a Mr Hill, it is much more likely to have been Charles Hansom.
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