Yesterday I was allowed out of the Office to attend a meeting, and had a day out at Crewe Cemetery. It’s only the fourth time I’ve been over and it was a chance to see the results of the new revamp. I think it’s an improvement on the original building but it’s pretty stark, it desperately needs some greenery to soften the edges.
The new stonework is a wonderful red sandstone which glitters in the sun. It has some black streaks through it, which provides a bit of interest, although it does remind me of tyre marks. The wall in the background left of centre has a Perspex roof along it’s length on the other side (you can just see the top of it) which is to provide shelter for the mourners. Unfortunately looks like a huge smoking area!
This is what it looked like before, courtesy of the Crewe and Nantwich Guardian:
We just had a few minutes to look around the interior between services and I couldn’t take a lot of pictures. Another reason I was a bit restrained was the fact that I was accompanying a photographer and had to keep getting out of his shots. Plus it was a bit embarrassing snapping away with my camera phone when he had the whole kit and caboodle!
My favourite part of the building were these stained glass windows which have benefited from the extra light now the old canopy has been removed.
The sunlight was bouncing colour off the newly painted white walls – previously these had been an awful pale green.
There were some religious windows closer to the nave of the chapel which were the same vibrant colours, but for me were spoiled by the subject matter. Crewe Crematorium still has it’s Christian altar under the window behind the catafalque which I find rather incongruous when most public places try hard to accommodate everyone by having no religious symbolism at all At our Crematorium we got rid of the rather dreary and depressing Christian oil paintings years ago, there’s no altar, and the rather small wooden cross can be shoved in a cupboard if necessary!
These nature windows are just fantastic, wonderfully druidic!