Former Chapel, Woodbury Park Cemetery, Tunbridge Wells - 11th January 2006

Sadly in rather a poor state of repair these days, with its windows and doors closed of with steel mesh, this chapel was built to serve the Cemetery, which was previously known as Trinity Cemetery, consecrated in the Autumn of 1849.

Former Chapel, Woodbury Park Cemetery, Tunbridge Wells - MTC

The cemetery contains the graves of several eminent Tunbridge Wells inhabitants including Canon Edward Hoare, Vicar of Holy Trinity and 'Protestant pontiff of Tunbridge Wells', and William Law Pope, minister of King Charles' Church, who created Brighton Lake ('Pope's Puddle') as a project for the town's unemployed. The family tomb of William Willicombe, the local architect and builder who continued Decimus Burton?s development of the Calverley Estate, has a fascinating reference to his son Clayton who died in the Wild West while 'aiding the Sheriff in the execution of his duty'.  The cemetery was closed for burials in 1935.

Former Chapel, Woodbury Park Cemetery, Tunbridge Wells - MTC

The Friends of Woodbury Park Cemetery have a website, here.  Their secretary has updated me on the status of the chapel.  It was sold a few years ago to a private individual who has converted the building for residential use.  It is now for sale for 575,000!

Information from this page was found on the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Website.

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