Headstones

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Lawn Areas (CC, GG, HH, KK, MM , NN, OBG, NX, MX, etc)

On the lawn areas all foundation slabs must be 91.5cm (36 inches) long, 38cm (15 inches) wide, and be laid level with the turf.

On the lawn areas the base of the memorial must not be more than 86.5cm (34 inches) long or 33cm (13 inches) wide. This is to allow at least 2.5cm (1 inch) of foundation slab all around.

On the lawn areas the memorial must not be more than 91.5cm (36 inches)high.

Memorial stones of traditional up-plate type must not be more than 15cm (6 inches) thick and they must be at least 7.5cm (3 inches) thick.

Cremated Remains Area (LL)

All foundation slabs must be 61cm (24 inches) long, 38cm (15 inches) wide, and be laid level with the turf.

The base of the memorial must not be more than 56cm (22 inches) long or 33cm (13 inches) wide. This is to allow at least 2.5cm (1 inch) of foundation slab all around.

The memorial must not be more than 56cm (22 inches) high.

Memorials of the traditional up-plate type must be no more than 15cm (6 inches) thick and they must be at least 5cm (2 inches) thick.

Traditional memorial areas (AA, DD, EE, FF, JJ, OO, OX, old parts of the cemetery)

In the traditional areas memorials which are larger than those permitted in other areas may be allowed. Each application will be judged on its merits, but the manager will refuse permission for any memorial that he or she judges could cause offence to the public or might pose a Health and Safety hazard.

On OO section grave spaces are 152.5 cm (5 foot) wide by 275cm (9 foot) long. In every other section of the cemetery, including the old parts of the cemetery, grave spaces are 122cm (4 foot) wide by 275cm (9 foot) long.

Headstones on traditional areas

There is no actual restriction on the height of a headstone erected on a traditional area, within reasonable limits. Each application will be considered on its merits with regard to Health & Safety and aesthetics.

Where a headstone is of a similar height to those permitted on the lawn sections all the lawn memorial regulations will apply.

Kerb sets and flat slabs on traditional areas

Kerb sets and flat slabs in all traditional areas may not measure more than 91.5cm (3 foot) wide by 213.5cm (7foot) long.

Baby burial Garden (BBG)

The graves in the baby burial garden are 91.5 cm (36 inches) wide by 137cm (54 inches) long.

Headstones without kerbs in the baby burial garden

All foundation slabs must be 61cm (24 inches) long, 38cm (15 inches) wide, and be laid level with the turf.

The base of the memorial must not be more than 56cm (22 inches) long or 33cm (13 inches) wide. This is to allow at least 2.5cm (1 inch) of foundation slab all around.

The memorial must not be more than 56cm (22 inches) high.

Memorials must be no more than 15cm (6 inches) thick and they must be at least 5cm (2 inches) thick.

Headstones with kerbs in the baby burial garden

Kerb sets must not measure more than 56cm (22 inches) wide by 101 cm (40 inches) long.

Military burial area (BB)

Memorials in the military burial area must be supplied by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or by a mason working with the advice and permission of the CWGC. They are subject to the same application and approval process as all other memorial stones.

Grave Maintenance

Graves on the lawn sections will not be turfed for at least 6 months following an interment, to allow the soil to settle. Turfing of grave spaces is usually carried out in March and October each year, but the timings could vary if there are adverse weather conditions.

The manager reserves the right to remove without notice unsightly or overgrown shrubs, plants, and flowers placed on or by grave spaces.

The manager reserves the right to remove without notice any broken, dilapidated, inappropriate vases, plant pots, lights, ornaments or any other tributes placed on or by grave spaces, in trees or in the common areas of the cemetery which contravene any of the cemetery regulations in any way.

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