Big turnout to view cemetery chapel

PUBLISHED: 17:30 29 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:01 06 October 2016

Lyme cemetery chapel

Lyme cemetery chapel

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Despite some heavy showers, more than 230 people visited Lyme Cemetery Chapel, which was open for a rare occasion as part of the nationwide Architectural Heritage Week.

Local residents were joined by visitors who had come from Wimborne, Salisbury, Exeter and Bristol.

Several travelled specially to see the HMS Formidable grave which was also made accessible to the public during two open days.

Organisers said at one time it was standing room only in the chapel. The highly decorated interior was a surprise to most visitors, many of whom did not know that the chapel existed.

Some local residents shared memories of their parents’ and grandparents’ funerals from the time when it was used regularly.

The chapel was opened by volunteers from Lyme Museum, who were also able to share information about family grave sites from resources on their computer.

Museum volunteers Graham Davies and Ken Gollop expressed their thanks to all who made the event a success and shared their family histories.

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