Old Cemetery, New Cemetery
Stroud Cemetery is owned by Stroud District Council, but the day-to-day maintenance of the grounds and administration of burials is the responsibility of Stroud Town Council.
The Old Cemetery lies to the south of Bisley Road and includes the Victorian Chapel of Rest (used as the Council’s depot) and many historic memorials. It is a Local Nature Reserve, home to some very special Cotswold wildlife including rare lichens, beetles, badgers and glow worms.
A leaflet detailing the history and wildlife of the cemetery is available here.
The priority for the Old Cemetery is its maintenance as a Local Nature Reserve with informal recreational use and it is therefore subject to a separate Local Nature Reserve Management Plan.
The majority of burials take place in the New Cemetery, which lies below the Old Cemetery on Horns Road. The New Cemetery is laid out as a lawn cemetery. This means that over time graves spaces will be levelled and grassed over for ease of access and future maintenance. It is the Council’s objective to ensure that the New Cemetery remains a presentable and respectable place for all who visit, whilst recognising its role as grassland and a wildlife habitat.
For safety reasons containers or other objects made of glass, china or plastic are not permitted in the Cemetery as they present a risk of injury to those undertaking routine maintenance, such as strimming. Any such items will be removed. Full cemetery regulations and guidelines for memorials can be found on our burials page.
Dogs on leads are welcome in the cemeteries.
Holy Trinity churchyard, St. Laurence churchyard
The Town Council maintains these churchyards which are closed for new burials and remain in the ownership of the respective churches.
The management of these areas balances their importance as natural habitats and their contribution to biodiversity with the requirements of public access.