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  • East Cheshire Council Cemetery and Crematoria Rules
East Cheshire Council Cemetery and Crematoria Rules1

For convenience the rules surrounding stone memorials on East Cheshire council cemeteries has been reproduced on this page. For a full list of rules and regulations please see the Cheshire East council's own website.

East Cheshire Council Cemetery & Crematoria Rules - July 2012

People of all faiths and beliefs can be buried or cremated irrespective of whether they have lived in or had connections within the boundaries of the Borough.

Lawn Graves

A typical lawn grave is a grave that is laid to lawn and has no mounds or surrounds. At the head of the grave the registered owner can apply to the Council for permission for a memorial to be installed. For health and safety reasons all memorials must comply with the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) Recommended Code of Working Practice.

Rule 38: Memorials on lawn graves shall not exceed 1067mm (3'6") above ground level, 750mm (2'6") in width or be less than 75mm (3") in thickness.

Rule 39: Memorial foundations will be suitably reinforced. Foundations will be substantial enough to accept the memorial as indicated in the NAMM Code.

Graves for babies and children

Rule 41: Grave sections specifically for babies and children are provided in Congleton, Crewe, Macclesfield, Meadow Brook and Sandbach cemeteries. For more information please contact the appropriate Cemeteries Administration Office.

Rule 42: Memorials on babies and children's graves that are laid to lawn shall not exceed 600mm (2'0") above ground level, 450mm (18") in width or be less than 50mm (2") thickness.


Rule 71: Applications to erect a memorial on a grave or cremated remains plot will only be accepted from the owner of the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial.

Rule 72: Application for approval to place, alter, add an inscription, remove, replace or renovate any memorial on a grave or plot in any of the Council's cemeteries must be submitted to the appropriate Cemeteries Administration Office on the Council's Memorial Application Form. The following information must be included on all forms: The grave or plot number and name of the deceased. In the case of a new memorial, a drawing of the proposed memorial and its specification, including the type, colour and finish of the material to be used, method of fixing and showing all dimensions, including those of the kerb set (if appropriate) and the foundation slab. The text of any inscription to be inscribed on the memorial, or any text to be altered or added to any existing memorial. The name, address and signature of the person placing the order for the memorial work to be undertaken, who should be the owner of the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial. If such owner is deceased the applicant must sign a Statutory Declaration and must state their relationship to the deceased owner. (In such circumstances, the applicant should be the deceased owner's nearest surviving relative or executor). If the owner is alive but is not making the application, the applicant must provide a signature of the owner for authorising such application. The name, address and telephone number of the licensed or BRAMM registered memorial mason.

Rule 73: Approval for any such application will be confirmed by the issue of a letter or permit of approval. No work should be undertaken until the applicant has received the letter of approval. Any such approval is issued on the understanding that the work undertaken will fully comply with the details specified on the Memorial Application Form and the requirements of these Rules.

Rule 74: Only Memorial Masons licensed with the Council or Memorial Masons that are BRAMM (British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons) registered may carry out work in the Council's cemeteries. Application for acceptance on to the Council's list of licensed memorial masons is made by the completion of the appropriate application form that requires renewing on an annual basis. Any memorial mason that does not comply with this rule may be asked to remove a memorial and incur all associated costs.

Rule 75: All memorials shall be erected in accordance with the National Association of Monumental Masons (NAMM) Recommended Code of Safe Working Practice.

Rule 76: No memorial constructed from artificial, re-constituted (except figures), Bath, Soft Caen, Soft York or other soft stone, or coloured marble will be permitted and memorials of metal, pottery, plastic, glass or fibre-glass are not allowed and may be removed without notice. A letter will be sent to the owner of the grave rights notifying them of the removal and will allow the owner one month from the date of the letter to arrange for collection. If the memorial is not collected within one month then it may be disposed of.

Rule 78: All memorials installed in the Council's cemeteries shall be inscribed with its grave number, in a conspicuous position as approved by the Council, in characters of not less than 25mm (1") in height, to match the main inscription.

Rule 78: The company name of the memorial mason must be inscribed on all memorials, in a location approved by the Council in characters of not more than 12mm (one half inch) in height, to match the main inscription.


Rule 80: Headstones shall be constructed of a single piece of stone, although they may be inlaid with natural stone, lead or bronze as part of the design or inscription provided such inlay shall not reduce the main body of the headstone to less than 50mm (2") or be raised above the surface of the headstone proper by more than 12mm (1/2") and must be contained within the overall dimensions of the headstone.

Rule 81: Where the memorial is erected upon undisturbed ground and where a raft has not been provided by the Council as at Congleton Cemetery, the base shall be set on a level foundation of pre-cast concrete suitably reinforced, in one piece. Otherwise, the base shall be set on a foundation as specified above but of sufficient width to bridge the grave and rest on undisturbed ground. In either case, the foundation must be sunk into the ground so that the top surface of the foundation is flush with or below the adjoining ground level.

Rule 82: Where the memorial consists of a headstone and base, the base shall be of the same materials as the headstone. The base may be drilled to accommodate up to 2 flower containers; or may accommodate up to 2 natural stone vases not more than 300mm (12") high and not more than 175mm (7") square; or a natural stone tablet, not more than 300mm (12") high, not more than 300mm (12") wide and not more than 50mm (2") thick; or up to 2 natural, reconstituted, stone figures, not more than 375mm (15") high, provided the stone is not covered, coated in plastic, guilded, glazed or painted. Any such vase, tablet or figure must not extend beyond the perimeter of the base.

Kerb sets

Rule 83: All kerb sets shall be constructed of granite, marble, slate or other hard natural stone of durable and sound quality.

Rule 84: Kerb sets are only allowed as part of a memorial in certain sections of the Council's cemeteries. For further information please contact the appropriate Cemeteries Administration Office. Each kerb shall be constructed of a single piece of natural stone not less than 100mm (4") deep and not less than 100mm (4") wide. Corner posts may be incorporated in the kerb set but shall be constructed of a single piece of natural stone not less than 100mm (4") high, or less than 100mm (4") square. The dimensions of the kerb set shall not exceed a maximum length of 2.1m (7'0") and a maximum width of 900mm (3'0").

Rule 85: All kerb sets shall be installed in accordance with the NAMM Code of Working Practice.

Rule 86: Natural or re-constituted stone chippings are permitted as a surface finish, providing they are contained within a kerb set.

Other memorials

Rule 87: Alternatively a memorial may consist of: A natural stone vase not more than 300mm x 225mm x 225mm (12" x 9" x 9") fixed to a plinth not more than 300mm x 300mm x 50mm (12" x 12" x 2") of the same material, fixed on a concrete foundation all in accordance with the NAMM Code of Working Practice. A book or tablet fixed to a base of the same material and fixed on a concrete foundation, all in accordance with the NAMM Code of Working Practice. The memorial may be drilled to accommodate up to two flower containers or may incorporate 2 small vases or figures depending upon the size of the memorial. Photographic plaques, either ceramic or other material, of an approved size may be affixed to memorials, but frames of bronze or other material will not be permitted unless approved in writing by the Council.



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