Bereavement Services - Buying a Grave

Cremations and Funerals

We appreciate that during this difficult time you will have to make important decisions about the cemetery and grave you want for the funeral.

The following information will help you make your choice.

For more information please use our online request form

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. We will be happy to advise you. If you would like to view the section of the cemetery where the burial is to take place before the funeral, we will arrange for a member of staff to meet with you on the site.

How long can I buy a grave for?

In the cemeteries we manage, we offer several types of grave. The exclusive right of burial is sold for 75 years. These are known as 'purchased graves'.

Who can buy a grave?

Anyone can buy a grave space in the borough's cemeteries, however purchases from outside the borough area will be charged at a rate two and a half times the fees.

When can burials take place?

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

Saturday burials can take place by arrangement but are subject to a £612 surcharge 

What types of graves are available?

Traditional grave spaces

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

All memorials of this type must be built on a concrete base or 'landing'. Available at Eccleshall Road Cemetery.

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.

Woodland Burials

A woodland site is an area where graves are of a single depth, dug side by side as against a traditional burial in a lawn cemetery where the graves are of a double depth.  After the first interment a tree is planted on the first half of the grave in place of a conventional memorial.  The next interment takes place in the second half of the grave thus avoiding any disturbance of the tree.  The graves will not be in straight lines as in a conventional burial ground, rather in small islands of graves, which will be sited throughout the area.

Can I bury cremated remains in the cemeteries?

Yes, there are memorial gardens 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 unconsecrated areas where you can buy graves. The consecrated ground is consecrated by the Church of England.

What is the difference between unpurchased and purchased graves?

Unpurchased grave

An unpurchased 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.

These graves can be bought within three years of the last burial. 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 erected.

Purchased grave

A purchased grave is where the right of burial can be bought for a period of 75 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.


We know how important memorials are as a lasting symbol of remembrance.

We offer technical advice and help to make sure that all memorials meet cemetery regulations.

Information about memorials

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