The majority of burials take place in the New Cemetery. This lies below the Old Cemetery on Horns Road. It is most easliy accessed from London Road via Bowbridge Lane and Spider Lane. The nearest postcode is GL5 1EE.
We recommend that you use the services of a Funeral Director to arrange a burial, however, if you prefer to make the arrangements yourself, you will need to contact us to discuss the necessary health and safety requirements.
In addition to the burial fee an Exclusive Right of Burial must be purchased. This gives the purchaser (Grant Holder) the right to say who can be buried, or have ashes buried or scattered in the grave, and give permission for a memorial to be erected or amended. It does not refer to the purchase of the land itself.
To arrange a burial we require the following information:
- Funeral date and time
- Details of deceased
- Person arranging funeral
We require the name, address and telephone number of this person who can be a family member or funeral director, who must also pay the fees required.
- Coffin size
We require this information to ensure the grave is dug to the correct size. The size required will be the outside dimensions of the coffin or casket, including handles.
- Grave number
This is only required for existing graves. This information can be found on the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial Deed issued to the Grant Holder. You will need to say who is already buried in the grave. We will check to see if there is sufficient space for another burial.
If the Grant Holder is the deceased they can be buried in the grave but there can be no further burials or memorials erected or amended until the Exclusive Right of Burial has been transferred to a new Grant Holder.
Paperwork required to carry out a burial:
- Completed Notice of Interment form
- Green or white Certificate for Burial or Certificate for Disposal of Cremated Remains
- Signed Purchase of Exclusive Right of Burial form (new graves only)
The above paperwork is required a minimum of three working days before the burial. This is to ensure that we have sufficient time to excavate the grave and carry out the necessary administration.
Burials can take place during the following times:
March to October
Monday to Thursday 9am-3.30pm
November to February
Monday to Thursday 9am-2.30pm
Transferring the Exclusive Right of Burial
When the last remaining Grant Holder is deceased a transfer via their estate must take place before any further burial or memorial erection or amendment can take place. Please note a fee will apply.
For the transfer to take place we will need to know if the deceased Grant Holder left a Will and if Grant of Probate was obtained. If so, we will need to see and take a copy of the sealed Grant. If not, we will need to see and take a copy of the Will and any codicils.
If the deceased Grant Holder did not leave a Will we will ask if Grant of Letters of Administration were obtained. If so, we will need to see and take a copy of the sealed Grant. If not, a Statutory Declaration signed in the presence of a Magistrate or Commissioner of Oaths by the lawful next of kin must be made.
A living Grant Holder can change ownership at any time.
More information: Exclusive Rights of Burial
Only the Grant Holder can apply for permission to erect a memorial or add an additional inscription to a memorial. This will usually be done on their behalf by a stonemason.
If the Grant Holder is deceased a transfer via their estate must be carried out before any permission can be given.
Depending on where the grave is located in the cemetery, permission to erect a memorial may not be granted for up to 1 year from the date of burial.
Please note a fee will apply.
More information: Guidelines for memorials and garden areas
The garden has been created at the entrance of the Old Cemetery, off Bisley Road and is intended for families who would like a place to remember loved ones when ashes have been scattered elsewhere. Plaques are to be provided by the family and should be bronze, with lugs or predrilled fixing holes ready for fixing by our staff.
No more than 6” long by 4” deep (approximately 150mm x 100mm)
Shapes can be rectangles, squares, ellipses, circles or diamonds
Please note a fee will apply.