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Unveiling the Past: The Fascinating History of the Old Morgue and its Artistic Renaissance

Article — 5 Min Read

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Deep in the heart of Stonehouse, Plymouth, lies a building with a captivating history—the Old Morgue. Once a solemn place where the departed were prepared for their final journey, this architectural gem has undergone a remarkable transformation, becoming the esteemed host of Manor Street Galleries and Café Momus.

In this brief article, we delve into the intriguing past of the Old Morgue and its journey to hopefully becoming a vibrant hub of art and community.

The Old Morgue, with its stately presence and intricate architectural details, stands as a testament to the late 19th century’s solemn practices. Its purpose was to provide a space for the respectful preparation of the deceased before their final arrangements. For decades, it silently witnessed the ebb and flow of life, a poignant reminder of the delicate balance between existence and mortality.

In recent years, the Old Morgue had fallen into disrepair, its significance fading with time. However, a vision emerged, one that recognised the potential for  rejuvenation and the importance of preserving the building’s heritage. Manor Street Galleries embraced this challenge, embarking on a transformative journey to breathe new life into the Old Morgue’s walls.

In close proximity to the Old Morgue stands a poignant reminder of Stonehouse’s rich artistic heritage—the Grand Theatre. Unveiled in 1890, this majestic venue has witnessed countless performances, etching unforgettable memories into the tapestry of the local community. Through spectacular musicals and gripping dramas, the Grand Theatre has long been a wellspring of inspiration and delight, captivating the hearts of generations of theatre enthusiasts. However, the passage of time has left its mark, and sadly, the Grand Theatre now stands in a derelict state, a silent sentinel of bygone theatrical glory.

The proximity of Manor Street Galleries to the Grand Theatre serves as a reminder of the intertwined nature of art and culture in Stonehouse’s history. These two historical landmarks create a harmonious synergy, a celebration of the arts. While the Grand Theatre provided a stage for captivating performances, the Old Morgue now offers a unique canvas for artists to showcase their creative expressions.

The journey of the Old Morgue from a place of solemnity to a vibrant centre of artistic expression represents Stonehouse’s rekindled creative spirit. Manor Street Galleries and Café Momus hope to breathe new life into this historical space.

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