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Dundee Crematorium

Dundee Crematorium is a depressing brick-built ecclesiastical-looking construction situated in 1.8 ha (4.5 acres) of woodland on Macalpine Road in Downfield, on the outskirts of the city, 2¼ miles (3.5 km) northwest of the city centre. Built 1935-36 by local architect Thomas Lindsay Gray (1905-79), it is Romanesque in style, with a five-bay nave, flat-roofed aisles and round arched windows. A stepped tower to the east conceals the cremator flues, heightened c.1985. The round-arched entrance to the west features a Gothic iron-hinged door. The interior is pleasant, faced with ashlar and a pilastered barrel-vaulted ceiling. The current organ was installed in 1954 by Henry Willis & Sons of Liverpool, replacing an earlier instrument. There is fine stained glass by Alexander L. Russell and T.S. Halliday. The building was B-listed in 1993.

The facility is privately run by Dundee Crematoria Ltd, now a subsidiary of the West Midlands-based Dignity Plc, a publicly-listed funeral services company that operates 39 crematoria across the UK and has annual revenues of 270 million (2014). Dundee undertake around 1500 cremations annually (2014) and is one of the most expensive crematoria in Scotland.


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