Mausoleum of Joseph Hudson, Kensal Green Cemetery

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1389190
Date first listed:
13-Jun-2001
Date of most recent amendment:
03-Apr-2012
Statutory Address:
Mausoleum of Joseph Hudson, Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, London, W10 4RA

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Location

Statutory Address:
Mausoleum of Joseph Hudson, Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, London, W10 4RA

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Greater London Authority
District:
Kensington and Chelsea (London Borough)
Parish:
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
TQ2330382511

Summary

Portland stone mausoleum, dated c1850.

Reasons for Designation

The mausoleum of Joseph Hudson is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Artistic interest: one of the most opulent classical mausolea in the cemetery; * Group value: with other listed monuments within the Grade I registered Kensal Green Cemetery.

History

The Cemetery of All Souls at Kensal Green was the earliest of the large privately-run cemeteries established on the fringes of London to relieve pressure on overcrowded urban churchyards. Its founder George Frederick Carden intended it as an English counterpart to the great Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, which he had visited in 1821. In 1830, with the financial backing of the banker Sir John Dean Paul, Carden established the General Cemetery Company, and two years later an Act of Parliament was obtained to develop a 55-acre site at Kensal Green, then among open fields to the west of the metropolis. An architectural competition was held, but the winning entry – a Gothic scheme by HE Kendall – fell foul of Sir John's classicising tastes, and the surveyor John Griffith of Finsbury was eventually employed both to lay out the grounds and to design the Greek Revival chapels, entrance arch and catacombs, which were built between 1834 and 1837. A sequence of royal burials, beginning in 1843 with that of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, ensured the cemetery’s popularity. It is still administered by the General Cemetery Company, assisted since 1989 by the Friends of Kensal Green.

Details

Portland stone mausoleum for Joseph Hudson, died c1850. The front is highly decorated with the pylon-shaped doorway (blocked) being surrounded with a border decorated with poppies, emblematic of the sleep of death; flanking pilasters decorated with strips carved with passion flowers; a meander pattern frieze beneath the cavetto cornice; and eared pediment with anthemion antefix contains acanthus scrolls and a triangle. The sides are plainer with inset panels.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
487825
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Curl, Stevens J, Kensal Green Cemetery: The Origins and Development of the General Cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green, London, 1824-2001, (2001)
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: London 3 North West, (1991)
Other
The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, Paths of Glory or 'A Select Alphabetical and Biographical List, illustrated with Line Drawings of their Monuments, of Persons of Note Commemorated at The Cemetery of All Souls at Kensal Green', 1997,

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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