Brompton Cemetery

Name: Brompton Cemetery Chapel

Date of Temple Moore Work: 1888-89

Work done: Design and build

Church Description

A photogenic little chapel tucked away in a lovely secluded spot just south of the village.

The cemetery chapel was built when the churchyard at Brompton's All Saints' Church became overcrowded with graves and was closed to all but one local family. Work on the new chapel cost the princely sum of £175.

Opening times: The chapel is always open.

Access is through a gate and is level although a little bumpy. There is a small step into the little building.


Nikolaus Pevsner called the chapel “wonderfully lopsided”, and it's not hard to see what he meant. The tower is set slightly askew at the southwest corner, with a peculiar but charming half-gable rising up to meet it. At first glance the facade and the chapel don't quite seem to belong to the same building - and yet the whole thing blends together beautifully. Looking at it, it's striking how natural and confident Moore's handling of gothic themes comes across even at this relatively early stage in his career.

The peaceful corner of the village in which the chapel was built was not always so. In the 1880's a railway line passed very close by - you can see how close from the position of the old station house over the road. The line was opened in 1882 and ran from Seamer, near Scarborough, to Pickering. There was a goods yard with three sidings, a crane, a weighbridge and a cattle dock.

Besides his work on the chapel, Temple Moore was responsible for the organ case at All Saints' in the village (1893). The poet William Wordsworth was married at All Saints' in 1802 to Mary Hutchinson, who lived at Gallows Hill Farm. After the wedding Wordsworth, his new bride and his sister Dorothy walked home to Grasmere in the Lake District, crossing the Hambleton Hills in the dark and continuing on foot up Wensleydale.

Brompton native Sir George Cayley (1773–1857) made the world's first manned heavier-than-air flight at Brompton Dale in 1849. This was more than half a century before the Wright brothers made their famous first powered flight from Kitty Hawk Sands in the USA on 17th December 1903. Another of Cayley's flying machines, which he called a “governable parachute”, took off from Brompton Dale in 1853, carrying Sir George's coachman, who on coming back to earth said, 'I wish to give notice. I was hired to drive, not to fly.'

Things to do nearby

Wordsworth Gallery

Gallows Hill Brompton O13 9QF

015394 35544

William Wordsworth got married here, at the home of his bride Mary Hutchinson. Today it houses an exhibition devoted to the grumpy old soul and his fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Art gallery, shop and tea rooms.

Surfing at Scarborough's South Bay

Okay, it's not Bondi Beach, but if you squint and ignore the brisk wind whistling up your wetsuit, you could almost imagine it was. The surfing is superb, and you can get decent fish'n'chips on the seafront afterwards.


Archetypal Yorkshire village set around a duckpond. Quaint cottages, Olde Tea Shoppes, photo opportunities galore.

Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre Low Dalby Pickering YO18 7LT

01751 460 295

A vast acreage of conifer forest abounding in wildlife and leisure opportunities. One of the mountain-biking Meccas of the North. Visitor Centre at Low Dalby. Nine-mile Dalby Forest Drive — toll payable.

Go Ape!

Low Dalby Pickering YO18 7LT

Hey, kids! Parents dragging you round boring churches? Nag them into taking you here. It's great: a big treetop adventure playground, with ladders and zipwires and rope bridges. Just keep saying "Are we nearly there yet?" until they lose the will to resist.

Where to eat and drink

The Coachman Inn

Snainton YO13 9PL

01723 859231

Georgian inn built in 1776. The AA-starred restaurant does good food at reasonable prices.

The Cayley Arms

Brompton-by-Sawdon YO13 9DA

01723 859372

Cosy log fire, friendly atmosphere, nice chunky lunchtime sandwiches. All food sourced locally. Specials include crab, lobster and mussels. Garden and decking area where you can enjoy a pint of Black Sheep or Hobgoblin.

The Downe Arms

Wykeham YO13 9QB

01723 862471

Old 17th-century farmhouse turned country inn. Cask ales and premium bottled lagers. Enticing special offers on bar meals.

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