Cranfield Cemetery Rules to remained unchanged

Owners of memorials that don’t follow rules to be contacted

Last night (3 October 2018), the Parish Council’s Committee Meeting decided not to amend the cemetery rules and also to enforce them to help with maintenance.

The parish council has previously tended not to actively enforce these rules. However, the number of memorials being placed on some graves means that enforcement is now necessary in order for maintenance machinery to be used most effectively.

Although the rules have not been readily available in the past they are passed to funeral directors when a burial is arranged. They have to discuss grave conditions with families and ask them to adhere to them.

While discussing this matter, the committee recognised that the full implications of these rules and regulations may not be fully understood at the time.

It also acknowledged that it is of paramount importance to respect the sensitivities of a bereaved family.

The parish council will be contacting the memorial owners over the autumn/winter with the aim of returfing these graves in the spring.

A copy of the rules (shown below) will be placed on the cemetery notice board. If you have concerns about this enforcement you can contact the parish councillors via email.




Cranfield Cemetery Rules


  1. Notices of interment will be accepted initially by telephone, but must be followed up immediately in writing with the appropriate fees and charges and forms
  2. Responsibility for any errors lies with the person signing the forms
  3. Fees and charges may be varied at any time without notice by the Council
  4. The Council will accept no responsibility for loss or delay to documents sent by post. Separate confirmation of receipt should always be sought


  1. Only those people who were present or past residents (who had a longstanding connection with the village) may be buried in the cemetery
  2. Those people who had moved away from Cranfield, but who had a connection to the village will incur the ‘non-resident’ fee, unless the move was less than five years ago
  3. Only persons authorised by this Council and with its written permission may inter, erect memorials or arrange for burial of ashes
  4. A registrars’ certificate or coroners order for burial must be received by the Council before a burial can take place
  5. Any person procuring a burial who fails to deliver such certificate or order as requested in paragraph 2 above will be required to make a declaration in a prescribed form in accordance with Section 1 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953. Failure to comply with these requirements is an offence
  6. The first interment in each grave shall be to a depth of seven feet.
  7. No curbstones will be allowed in the cemetery.


  1. A memorial which may be either:

1.1. A headstone (curbs are not permitted) not exceeding 900mm in height, 600mm in width and 100mm in thickness or a case not exceeding 150mm in height;
1.2. shall be of natural quarried stone only, and
1.3. shall be erected to accredited fixing methods with a supporting foundation as outlined in the National Association of Memorial Masons current Code of Working Practice which shall not exceed 800mm in width and 150mm in thickness and be inscribed with the grave number and section in letters not exceeding 15mm high on the side or back of the memorial. NO OTHER TYPE OF MEMORIAL OR MATERIAL WILL BE PERMITTED
1.4. For a Wedge headstone, maximum measurements: Height/elevation: 9” (230mm), depth 24” (610mm), and width 24” (610MM). A space of 8” (203MM) to be left between headstones (back to back). No wedge headstones to be allowed in the burial section

  1. Before any memorial is placed at the Cemetery, a drawing thereof showing the dimensions, type of stone and finish, and the inscription to be placed thereon shall be delivered to the Clerk of the Council If the design departs from standard, a drawing thereof should be submitted to the Clerk for approval and the fee paid
  2. The Council will provide a temporary marker on the grave as soon as practicable after the interment
  3. The temporary marker will be retained on the grave until the placing of a memorial or the expiration of two years from the date of the last interment whichever shall first occur
  4. Nothing other than a temporary marker, an approved memorial (stone or vase) or a flower vase (which should be sited no more than 200mm from the head of the grave to facilitate grounds maintenance) shall be placed in the Cemetery
  5. The Council will remove any unauthorised memorial, vase, etc. and the costs involved re¬charged to the person responsible for the placing of the unauthorised memorial, etc. Items removed will be retained for a period of six months and if not claimed by that time, disposed of
  6. Due to the nature of the clay ground, it is required that a period of a least a year should elapse before the erection of any memorial following a burial
  7. Memorials erected in the cremated remains section would not be affected by settlement, as the ground has not been opened
  8. Timely removal of wreaths following a burial – wreaths should be removed before they decay
  9. CPC reserves the right to remove anything that is considered to be unsightly, dangerous or inappropriate from any location in the cemetery, including burial and ashes plots and memorial headstones
  10. The Council will not accept responsibility for damage to memorials from flood, storm, wind, frost, lightning or any other cause other than their own negligence
  11. The owner of a grave is responsible for a memorial that has become unsafe or dilapidated. The Council reserves the right to remove, refix or reline any memorial stone that in the council’s opinion has not been kept in proper repair or ask the owner to remove it. The owner of the grave is liable for any expenses incurred by the Council

Visitors please note

  1. All rubbish, dead flowers, etc. must be placed in the skip provided or taken away
  2. All vehicles shall be parked in the car parking area provided
  3. All dogs must be kept on leads whilst in the Cemetery
  4. All persons visiting the burial ground will conduct themselves in a seemly fashion at all times
  5. The council has a duty to ensure the safety of persons entering the burial ground. The council reserves the right to perform regular safety inspections on memorials. Temporary remedial actions may be made without notice if the council believes there is an immediate safety risk. If the council believes remedial action is required on any memorial on safety grounds, the council will in the first instance attempt to contact the owners of the memorial at the last known contact address to advise on what actions are required. If no response is received within 60 days the council may take any remedial actions it deems appropriate without any further notice.

The Council reserves the right to amend these rules at any time without prior notice.