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By schisms rent asunder

20 Apr

First of all I admit to coming here once again with half a story. I don’t know what the intentions are regarding the recently burnt out Methodist chapel on Lambert Street. What I can say is that the triangular pediment that looked like it might tumble down at any moment has gone, also the top storey on one side. But most of the front, back and one side look, to my untrained eye, to be solid; so there might some hope of salvaging something out of all this. However the building is still in the hands of  “East Yorkshire’s experts in demolition” so we’ll just have to wait and see. As I said, half a story, if that.

The British way of death

12 Jan
Northern Cemetery Chapel, Chanterlands Avenue, Hull
People, it appears, can no longer afford to die. Yes I know they keep on shuffling off without a care but those left behind are finding it increasingly difficult to pay for disposing of the earthly remains. The average cost of dying, that’s including funeral, burial or cremation and state administration, rose last year by over 7% to £7,622 if you believe a survey by an insurance company although that does seem rather a lot. That figure is greater than average savings so you can see how it might distress the bereaved to get into debt over this matter. Clearly someone is making a pile (dare I say they are making a killing, why not?) out of all this; undertakers’ mark-ups on coffins, for example, are  reputed to be 200%!. Then there’s deeds of grant (£25 a year, minimum 10 years payable in advance) and interment fees, in Hull that’s currently £820! And don’t get me talking about wreaths and flowers!  Still you don’t have to fork out all that; there are cut price jobs for under £1000. If you own your own patch of garden you can always go under the roses wrapped in a blanket for that stay-at-home interment, just make sure you’re at least two foot under the sod. 
The chapel here is a grade 2 listed building from the early 1900’s, it’ll cost you a £70 ‘chapel fee’ to hire it! Have a nice day!