SE2238 : Flower cross, Rawdon Crematorium

taken 8 months ago, near to Horsforth, Leeds, Great Britain

Flower cross,  Rawdon Crematorium
Flower cross, Rawdon Crematorium
One of two such cross shaped flower beds at the north end of the memorial avenue. The Christian symbolism is surprising in what was built as a secular crematorium; the Council has another crematorium at Lawnswood where there are sections of consecrated ground for Christian burials.
Rawdon Crematorium

According to Historic England, Rawdon Crematorium, also known as Airedale and Wharfedale Crematorium, was built in 1959 for the Pudsey, Aireborough, Horsforth, Ilkley and Otley Joint Committee. The architect of the buildings was F L Charlton.

The Aireborough Historical Society offers the following additional background, slightly redacted: the crematorium occupies the grounds of the former Knottfield House (1846-1954), home of John Dawson of Kirkstall Brewery, later the Mitchell Memorial Home after WW1 for ex-servicemen suffering from Tuberculosis and later still a boys' home.

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Sunday, 7 March, 2021   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 9 March, 2021
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2207 3838 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:50.4722N 1:39.9645W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2208 3837
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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