Council to rebuild historic Heywood chapel destroyed by fire

Date published: 07 April 2021

The chapel at Heywood Cemetery which was destroyed by fire earlier this year is to be restored by the council.

The entirety of the building – apart from the stonework – was destroyed in February this year, after a fire broke out.

The cemetery dates back to the 1850s with the chapel thought to be of a similar age.

In a statement online, Rochdale Borough Council confirmed it has been given the green light to rebuild the chapel: “We're delighted that we now have the go ahead to re-build the chapel at Heywood Cemetery that was recently devastated by a fire.

“Our in-house design team are making plans for the re-build. We will continue to share updates as plans progress.”


The chapel pictured before the fire. Picture - Google, DigitalGlobe
The chapel as it was before the fire. Picture - Google, DigitalGlobe


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