A small classical temple built in Portland stone with a barrel-vaulted plaster ceiling. The building has crisply carved mouldings and Doric columns together with nicely detailed bronze gates and railings. As was becoming fashionable at the time, the structure is open at both ends, making it more like a war memorial than a chapel. Inside there are three bronze memorial plaques on each wall.
Grade II (England and Wales)
The Birkins were Nottingham lace manufacturers and the family lived at Ruddington Grange. The mausoleum was probably built by Sir Thomas Stanley Birkin, the 2nd Baronet (1857-1931), a JP who was High Sheriff of the county in 1915. Three of his four children predeceased him: his eldest son, Thomas, was killed in action in 1917; his daughter, Margaret, died aged 22 in 1923; and his third son, Charles, was killed in a motor cycle accident in the Isle of Man in 1927. His second son, Sir Henry Ralph Stanley Birkin (Tim) succeeded to the title. Tim was one of the “Bentley Boys” who won at Le Mans. In 1933, two years after his father’s death, he too died “from the result of an injury sustained through racing”. The six plaques inside the mausoleum commemorate Sir Thomas, his wife, three sons and daughter.
Burke’s Peerage and Baronettage.
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