Many Renfrewshire families will be familiar with the beautiful rose gardens and treelined pathways of Woodside Cemetery, but these recent drone images commissioned by Woodside Family Funeral Directors, show the historic site from a whole new perspective.
In a unique approach Martyr’s Chapel has been fully renovated and is now home to a modern funeral venue with every aspect of funeral care taking place within one location. This means the need to pay for a hearse and limousine is optional as your loved one’s coffin can be placed prior to family and friends gathering at the peaceful new service room at Martyr’s Chapel.
Robert MacLachlan, CEO of Woodside Family Funeral Directors (pictured below) explains “When renovating Martyr’s Chapel, we discovered historic records and photographs that tell the story of our forefathers and the weavers, engineers and merchants who were laid to rest in the grounds of Woodside Cemetery. It is very important that we respect that heritage, whilst offering services that fit the needs of Renfrewshire families today.”
He continues “The history has a certain charm; we discovered an advert from 1845 calling for landscapers and architects to enter a competition for the ‘Laying Out and Ornamenting’ of the new 20-acre cemetery. The winner was architect Stewart Murray who earned 25 sovereigns for a design which was inspired by the Glasgow Necropolis.”
Robert added “The next major development within the grounds was in 1938 when Woodside Crematorium first opened to serve the people of Renfrewshire. Now we have upgraded Martyr’s Chapel it adds a new chapter to the story, and we hope by sharing these images that people will revisit Woodside and enjoy walking around the grounds. It really is beautiful this time of year with all the Autumn colours.”
The drone images clearly show the long drive from the gate to Woodside Crematorium, Martyr’s Chapel and the three Gardens of Remembrance. A framed copy is available to view in the reception of the new Barrhead parlour at 92 Cross Arthurlie Street in Barrhead.