Mausolea & Monuments Trust
70 Cowcross Street
020 7608 1441
The Mausolea and Monuments Trust is a charitable trust founded in 1997 for the protection and preservation of mausolea and funerary monuments situated in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Mausolea need protection because, exposed to the ravages of plants and vandals, they are all too often abandoned and friendless. In law they belong to those that built them, but in many cases the families have died out or lost interest. Parish councils, local authorities and cemetery companies must ensure the buildings do not become dangerous, but are not responsible for their upkeep. So, as private monuments in the public domain, they fall outside the normal patterns of care.
Some mausolea are major historic buildings while others are important as monuments to the famous. But this is by no means all, these buildings have much to say about the human condition; some make grandiose statements about family pride, others tell poignant stories of love and loss, a number were built in the occupant’s favourite spot (often commanding a magnificent view) and some, built by eccentrics, are simply bizarre. There is no other type of building quite so personal or so diverse.
We have compiled a gazetteer of all the mausolea we know to exist in England. Besides brief histories of the buildings, it contains information on their condition when last visited. By raising awareness of mausolea and, in many cases, their parlous condition, we hope to encourage people to visit them and even, where feasible, help to maintain and restore them.
Finally, the MMT runs a programme of events, lectures and visits to buildings of interest.
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