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Mortuary Chapel – Angus Doors Open Days 2023

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September
Tours at 12 noon, 1pm & 2pm

Mortuary Chapel


Forfar Road
Western Cemetery
DD11 4HA

Booking is not required for this venue.

Doors Open Days 2023

Event Details

The Mortuary Chapel was designed by Patrick Allan-Fraser as a memorial to his late wife Elizabeth and her deceased parents John Fraser and Elizabeth Parrot Fraser. Work began in 1875 based on an outline plan by Allan-Fraser to which he added details as building progressed.

Everyone who visits quickly realises that this is a remarkable building, possibly the most unusual and most instantly appealing of the many fine buildings within Arbroath. However, it is also very important on a national scale. It could claim to be one of the best buildings of its date in Scotland.

The building is also notable for its eclectic mix of styles, including reference to Scottish, English and possibly other precedents from East European Gothic. Every part of the building is important because every part received great care in design.

The Mortuary Chapel is located in the Western Cemetery. Tours will be available at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm, led by Hospitalfield Volunteer Tour Guides.

The chapel has one step on entering and the upper levels are up a number of stairs.

Dogs are not allowed inside the mortuary chapel (with the exception of assistance/guide dogs).

Booking is not required for this venue.


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