Carleton Crematorium opened on 18 July 1935. It’s the place where we say goodbye to our loved ones, and it’s also got a significance of its own.
The main building is the design of legendary Borough Architect J.C. Robinson. He’s also responsible for designing the Derby Baths, Bus Station, Stanley Park Cafe, the Technical College, and Collegiate School.
Robinson based it on his own interpretation of the Mausoleum of Mausolus. There’s a chapel at the north door which displays books of remembrance of those buried or cremated there.
Carleton Crematorium – way ahead of its time
Considering that in the 1930s only 5% of funerals involved cremation, the building is way ahead of its time in terms of size, design, and setting.
It was only when the Royal Family and famous personalities showed an interest in cremation that the practice became less stigmatised.
Beatrix Potter is one of the first famous people to be cremated at Carleton. She died on 22 December 1943 from pneumonia at her home in Near Sawrey in the Lake District.
Unusually, for the time, she’d decided her mortal remains were to be cremated following her death.
Beatrix Potter was born in London in 1866. Her family took their holidays in Scotland and the English Lake District which stimulated her interest in natural science, countryside life and conservation. Combining with this her abilities as a writer and illustrator, she began to write books with beautiful paintings and sketches of the flora and fauna which she saw.
Turning her interest to children’s books, Beatrix Potter published her famous “Tale of Peter Rabbit” which appeared in 1902. It was an immediate success and followed by 30 more books, making her a household name.
Always at the forefront of modernity and conservation, Beatrix Potter saw the countryside as something worth preserving for future generations. She’s one of the pioneers of today’s Lake District National Park.
Other Famous Cremations
Charlie Cairoli, Jimmy Clitheroe and Violet Carson. Bernie Nolan, Lennie Bennett and Stanley Mortensen. Reginald Dixon, Tony Melody and John Comer. Just some of the famous people to be cremated at Carleton.
Today, cremation accounts for more than 70% of funerals in this country.
With many thanks to Denys Barber for the information and photos in this article.
Blackpool Council manage Carleton Crematorium, although the main gates are in Poulton-le-Fylde.
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