Through the help of Pankhurst
Graphic Masonry the Society has employed Mr John Deal -
an architectural consultant and conservation expert - to
compile reports on the current state of the Drake
mausoleum and the Columbarium.
Mr Deal was also
requested to recommend appropriate remedial work to
prevent any further deterioration to these mausoleums.
January members of the Society's restoration team
cleared the forest of saplings that were established on
the roof of the mausoleum, tided the area and painted
the wrought iron gates. At the same time the restoration
team fitted a temporary tarpaulin over the roof space to
try to prevent any further ingress of rainwater onto the
Vegetation forcing the pediment to open
of the top of the barrel vault to the Drake mausoleum
Mr Deal's report specifies the
emergency repairs that are required to prevent any
further deterioration to this mausoleum. The cost of
this work is estimated at £6,589 and the Society has the
resources to proceed with this work, which will start in
the near future.
In addition, the
Society has been awarded a grant of £2,000 from the Surrey
Historic Buildings Trust to assist with the costs of
The state of the mausoleum is
critical because it has lost most of its original roof.
The surviving "roof" comprises a brick barrel vault
which was (before the tarpaulin was fitted) fully
exposed to the elements.
Missing section of the pediment
The Drake mausoleum was
commissioned by Sir William Richard Drake
(1817-1890) and is one of the most attractive mausoleums
in the cemetery. Several members of the family are
buried in the vault beneath, and one is buried in a
grave immediately to the right of the mausoleum.
The following description is taken from the information
supporting the designation of this building as a Grade
II structure (23 July 2004):
"Mausoleum to Sir William
Richard Drake (d.1890). Designer unknown. Limestone and
sandstone, pink granite shafts, remains of glass mosaic
decoration to frieze, wrought iron gates.
"DESCRIPTION: this mausoleum comprises a rectangular
cell with arcaded sides, four arched openings per side,
and a triple-arched west end with low gates. Above a
moulded base is a dado of pink sandstone; paired granite
shafts with crocketed capitals support the springing of
the arches, also of sandstone, which are decorated with
cable mouldings. The upper part of the structure
comprises a pedimented roof over a densely bracketed
cornice. The floor of the structure has a cross-incised
slab to the centre. The inner rear wall is tripartite,
echoing the opposite entrance wall, with engaged shafts
carrying a sandstone frieze. The wall surface is
enriched with floral relief decoration around circular
fields: these are now empty, but probably contained
bronze panels. To the centre is the Drake coat of arms,
over an inscription which reads TYME TRYETHE TRUTHE. The
roof has fallen in.
"HISTORY: Drake was a lawyer
and connoisseur, involved with both the Burlington Fine
Arts Club and with the formation of the Murano Glass &
Mosaic Company in 1869, an offshoot of theSalviati firm.
The once prominent employment of mosaic to the frieze
inscription is now sadly depleted. A very unusual late
Victorian mausoleum in the Lombardic manner, reflecting
Drake’s aesthetic interests."
Photographs © Brookwood
Cemetery Ltd and John Deal