How do I buy a grave?

Normally your funeral director will help to make the necessary arrangements for buying a grave. Some people may want to make their own arrangements at the time of the funeral. You can organise this by directly contacting us and we will be happy to advise you.

How long can I buy a grave for?

In the cemeteries we manage the exclusive right of burial is sold for 99 years. These are known as 'purchased graves'.

Who can buy a grave?

Anyone can buy a grave and you do not have to be a resident of the borough to do so.

When can burials take place?

Burials can take place on any weekday, except on bank holidays. Please talk to your funeral director or contact us to discuss any specific needs.

What types of graves are available?

Traditional grave spaces

These allow the owner of the grave to have a full headstone and surround on the grave after burial.

All memorials of this type must be built on a concrete base or 'landing' supplied by the Authority.

Lawn-type graves

We will maintain these special areas at no expense to the grave owner.

After the burial the grave is made level and grassed over. The headstone can have a marble or granite vase plate on which flowers or wreaths can be placed.

So that we can maintain these areas, nothing else is allowed to be placed or grown on or around the grave and the area in front of the headstone is grassed over. 

Can I bury cremated remains in the cemeteries?

Yes, there are specific areas for cremated remains at each of our cemeteries. Cremated remains can also be placed in purchased graves.

Are all the graves on consecrated ground?

Most of our cemeteries have consecrated (blessed as sacred) and un-consecrated areas where you can buy graves. The consecrated ground is consecrated by the Church of England.

What is the difference between un-purchased and purchased graves?

An un-purchased grave, sometimes known as a public or common grave, is where the right to burial cannot be bought and the council has total control of the grave.

The council will decide who will be buried in the grave and this might not be members of the same family. No memorial rights exist on public graves so no headstone or other memorial can be put up.

A purchased grave is where the right of burial can be bought for a period of 99 years. The owner of the right of burial can decide who will be buried in the grave and memorials are allowed in line with our cemetery regulations.

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