Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Heritage. Hope for Lodges; Secret Bids Received for Future Uses of Listed Cemetery Buildings

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Heritage. Hope for Lodges; Secret Bids Received for Future Uses of Listed Cemetery Buildings

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Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG

CAMPAIGNERS are hoping that two historic buildings will be converted into a museum or gallery to showcase Tyneside's heritage.

The neo-classical lodges in Jesmond Old Cemetery, in Newcastle, are up for grabs under a lease agreement. The deadline for bids to convert the buildings elapsed last night and it is believed several proposals have been forwarded to Newcastle City Council.

Both lodges were built in 1836 by renowned architect John Dobson for the Newcastle General Cemetery Company, and were restored in 1978 by Tyne and Wear County Council.

Ray Hayes, who leads the Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery, said the group were excited about the possible development of the two chapels. He said: "Personally, I think they would make a great art gallery or museum.

"That would be my vision for the buildings."

The two sandstone buildings, standing either side of the archway on Jesmond Road, were once used as offices, most recently for the county archaeologist department for Tyne and Wear Museums. …

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