An impressive Egyptianate mausoleum. Battered walls rising from a base podium and surmounted by an over-sailing cavetto cornice. Central square-headed doorway (approached by three steps) having flanking columns in antis with palm leaf capitals. Bronze single-leaf door embellished with lotus and cobra motifs. Ope to rear having plain glass.
Grade II (England and Wales)
The mausoleum was built for Colonel Alexander Gordon interred 15th September 1910 (sole internment).
Col. Gordon (the title is thought to have been given as a courtesy or nickname) was co-owner of the Niles [sic] Tool Works of Hamilton Ohio, USA. Regarded as one of the largest machine tool manufacturers of its day Niles provided tools for, among others, the American government contracts.
Col. Gordon is known to have travelled extensively through his work and in his book entitled 'Egypt in England', Chris Elliott suggests that inspiration for the mausoleum may be explained by his travel in Egypt.
Col. Gordon died at his sons residence in Putney, London (it is unclear whether Col. Gordon was visiting or living there at the time) and was interred at Putney Vale Cemetery.
Fair. Some stonework at front of pedestal breaking away, otherwise structurally sound. Overgrown with ivy at right side of door (2002).
L Pearson, (2002). Mausolea. 24-25.
H S Curl, (2000). The Victorian Celebration of Death. 166.
C Elliott, (2012). Egypt in England. London: English Heritage.
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Putney Vale Cemetery (Plot BS),