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Conservation Plan for Addington Cemetery

with them smells and sounds in contrast to much of the surrounding area. The cemetery

evokes a strong physical sense of age and history, in the patina of the monuments, their

leaning, broken and slumping elements and the mature trees. It also provides an important

space in Addington, although it is distinct from a typical open ‘green’ space, and is in

strong contrast to the built surroundings.

A number of the graves have a degree of artistic and technical merit and have been

influenced

by cemetery trends of the time. Further research is required to determine if

there is any highly original and influential style of memorial at the cemetery. There are no

indications of this from inspections and research carried out to date for this Conservation

Plan.

Addington forms one of a number of historic cemeteries in Christchurch. Its design is

comparable to the Sydenham Cemetery in Christchurch.

Technology

and Craftsmanship Significance

Many of the graves display the skills of craftspeople. This includes cast and wrought‐iron

work and other types of craftsmanship as fine examples of craft processes that reflect social

attitudes to death

and fashion in funerary ornamentation, especially in the late 19 th and

arly 20th e century. The grave memorials represent the technical accomplishment of the

various Christchurch stonemasons, including CWJ Parsons, Mansfields, Stocks and James

Tait. The majority of the headstones are carved from marble or fashioned in highly

polished granite.

As a number of the masonry techniques are no longer widely practised, in a sense the

Addington Cemetery is like a local museum of monumental masonry.

Generally, however,

the

materials and methods used in the cemetery are representative rather than notable, rare

or unique.

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