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List entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: THE CATACOMBS AND TERRACE IN HIGHGATE (WESTERN) CEMETERY

List entry Number: 1378923

Location

THE CATACOMBS AND TERRACE IN HIGHGATE (WESTERN) CEMETERY, SWAINS LANE

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
Greater London AuthorityCamdenLondon Borough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 14-May-1974

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Jan-1999

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 478284

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Details

CAMDEN

TQ2887SW SWAIN'S LANE 798-1/5/1558 (West side) 14/05/74 The Catacombs and Terrace in Highgate (Western) Cemetery (Formerly Listed as: HIGHGATE (WESTERN) CEMETERY The Catacombe Entrance & Terrace)

GV II*

Catacombs beneath terrace cut into the hillside. c1838-9. Possibly by JB Bunning, utilizing and extending the existing terrace, originally forming part of the garden of Ashurst House (demolished). Brick with stone entrances. 5 central bays form canted projection. Piers rise from ground level to form dies, with gabled stone trefoil caps, to cast-iron traceried terrace balustrade; polygonal piers at angles. Terrace approached by flights of stone steps at either end. Central pointed arch entrance with hoodmould and cast-iron gates flanked by square-headed architraved doorways with coats of arms on keystones and cast-iron panelled doors; above, escutcheons with 4 small light openings. INTERIOR: brick vaulted and originally lit by oculi set in terrace. Gallery, more than 80 yards long, lined with separate recesses, each large enough to take a single coffin end on, from floor to ceiling down both sides of length, 840 in all. Apertures sealed with inscribed slabs or small glass inspection windows. HISTORICAL NOTE: the catacombs could be used as a permanent resting place or temporarily whilst a plot was chosen. The terrace is probably the earliest surviving asphalted building in the country having originally been surfaced by Claridge; resurfaced late C20.





Listing NGR: TQ2854186964

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National Grid Reference: TQ 28323 87163

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