New lease of life for disused Victorian chapel

Dean Road Chapel, which has stood empty since the 1960s, is set to be transformed into a community space. Picture by Richard Ponter 150207a
Dean Road Chapel, which has stood empty since the 1960s, is set to be transformed into a community space. Picture by Richard Ponter 150207a
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A disused Victorian chapel in Scarborough is set to get a new lease of life following a £10,000 boost.

Architects are being drafted in to draw up ambitious plans for the restoration of Dean Road Chapel, which has stood empty since the 1960s.

The project could see the striking building, which was built in 1856, transformed into a space for the community.

It comes after the not-for-profit company behind the restoration, Dean Road Chapel Ltd, was awarded the cash by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The group’s vice chairman Chris Hall said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident that the project will result in us having a clear plan for the restoration of the chapel, which is a wonderful little building, with the group well equipped to take the plan forward.”

The project will start in the coming weeks and will take around six months to complete.

It will encourage the involvement of local people in the plans for the restoration of the building and its eventual day-to-day running.

The funding will also be used for workshops to ensure the volunteers running the company have the necessary skills to undertake the restoration and operate the chapel as a sustainable business.

Explaining the importance of the Heritage Lottery Fund support, Fiona Spiers, head of the fund in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “We’re pleased to support Dean Road Chapel Ltd through our start-up grants programme as it takes an important first step in the development of this local heritage site.

“We hope that the project will help to determine a sustainable use for the building and secure its future for the community.”

Dean Road Chapel has a distinctive fish tailed roof and is the last building in the cemetery in need of restoration.