West Cemetery Chapel and Lodge


25 Carmel Road North, Darlington, County Durham

One of a series of cemeteries from the office of Pritchett of Darlington, whose brief included the cemetery layout, chapels, lodge and surrounding walls and fences. The proliferation of new cemeteries from the mid 1800s brought a succession of new commissions to Pritchett and his son, during a period when their practice began to migrate towards the north east.

The chapel's overall design, incorporating a central tower and spire, beneath which a porte-cochere offered shelter for the funeral congregation, while diametrically opposed Anglican and non-conformist chapels, echoed a fashion adopted at many other new cemeteries across the country. This design reflected the Victorian idea of processional funerals with the chapel a central and monumental stage of the funeral ritual. Pritchett used this design at the cemeteries at Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, Whitby in North Yorkshire and Ely in Cambridgeshire, all appearing to be facsimile of one another, with subtle nuances in decorative finishings such as window tracery and label stops.


  • Darlington West Cemetery Chapel
    Image: Graham White 2022


  • Darlington West Cemetery Chapel
    Image: Credit: Graham White 2022


  • Darlington West Cemetery Chapel
    Image: Credit: Graham White 2022


  • Darlington West Cemetery - Burial place of James Pigott Pritchett Jnr.
    Image: Credit: Graham White 2022


  • Darlington West Cemetery Chapel
    Image: Credit: Graham White 2022