Market Drayton Cemetery
Market Drayton Cemetery is managed by Market Drayton Town Council. For your convenience the cemetery rules and regulations
surrounding stone memorials have been reproduced below.
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Cemetery Rules and Regulations
- The Burial Ground is divided into consecrated and unconsecrated
ground defined on the plans of the Burial ground.
A Chapel is provided, if required.
- Arrangements for interments must be made with the Sexton.
Applications will be taken in order of receipt and normally it will be possible for a funeral to take place two days after notification except
where the weekend intervenes. Where more than one application is
received every endeavour will be made to meet the applicant’s wishes,
but this cannot be guaranteed, and is contingent upon additional labour
- Funerals may take place on Mondays to Fridays between the hours of
9.30am and 3.30pm. No interments will be permitted on Saturdays,
Sundays, Good Fridays or Christmas days except by permission of the Town Council.
- No second interment can be considered unless a double grave is
- Subject to these regulations the exclusive right of burial in a grave may
be purchased at the time of the first interment together if required with
similar rights in the next adjoining grave. No purchases in advance of
the first interment are permitted. No purchaser of such right shall
convey, assign or transfer such rights without the sanction of the Town
Council having been first obtained.
Any person having purchased the right may be interred therein himself,
or shall be at liberty to inter therein husband, wife, partner, father,
mother, brother, sister or child who may die out of the town of the Town
Council on payment of the same fees as would have been payable on
the interment of a person dying within the town.
The fees, payments and sums agreed by the Town Council apply
where the person to be interred or in respect of whom the right is
granted is, or within six months before his/her death was, an inhabitant
or parishioner of the parish of Market Drayton, or was an inhabitant or
parishioner of the parish of Market Drayton immediately prior to
entering a hospital, hospice, nursing home or other care institution
outside the parish of Market Drayton, or, in the case of a still-born child,
where the parents (or one of them) are, or at the time of the interment
were such inhabitants or parishioners. In all other cases the fees
payable and the sums will be doubled.
In cases of dispute the Town Council will have absolute discretion.
- No unwalled unpurchased grave shall be re-opened for another
interment within two years after the burial of a person therein unless to
bury another member of the same family.
Where the exclusive rights of burial in such grave has not been granted
such exclusive rights may be purchased at any time provided no other
interment has taken place therein.
The charge for interment in an unpurchased grave does not include
any rights or privilege other than a right of burial in a grave to be
selected by the Town Council.
- The sites for purchased and unpurchased graves will be determined by
the Sexton under the direction of the Town Council
- Where it is desired to purchase a grave space the purchaser will, in the
case of an immediate interment be permitted to select the division of
the Burial Ground in which it is desired to effect the interment, but the
individual grave must be the next in rotation in that division.
- A standard grave is 6’ 8” x 26”.
- All fees due in accordance with the scale laid down must be paid to the
Clerk prior to the interment.
- The Registrar’s Certificate for disposal or the Coroner’s Order for burial
must be handed to the Sexton before the interment.
- A written permit must be obtained from the Clerk before bringing into
the Burial Ground any memorial, and handed to the Sexton on erection.
Only qualified masons shall be allowed to erect memorials, which must
be within the laid down limits:
- (i) Base - Base in this instance means the concrete base slab – 4’ 0” x 1’ 6"
- (ii) Plinth
- No Plinth will exceed 2’ 6” in length and 12” depth and shall be seen to
be included as part of the memorial and included in the height
restriction. Any vase or ornament can be placed at either side on the
base slab, provided the whole does not exceed 3’ 6” in length.
- (iii) Memorial -
The memorial shall not exceed 3’ 0” from the base of the slab to its
highest point. The permitted height shall be seen to include the plinth.
All other ornaments shall be governed by this height restriction.
- (iv) Vases -
Vases shall not exceed 8” in height and 8” in width.
- (v) Interment of Ashes -
Sections S, V and Na are for the interment of ashes and only flat
stones will be permitted in these sections – 24” x 18”.
- (vi) All headstones must be secured by ground anchors.
- Applications for admission of memorials must be made on the form
provided by the Town Council and signed by the owner of the grave
together with a drawing of the proposed memorial or monument and a
copy of all inscriptions must be submitted to the Clerk for approval and
filing. NO MEMORIALS will be permitted on unpurchased graves.
- No kerbs or footstones will be permitted except where specifically
authorised by the Town Council. No kerbs or footstones are permitted
in the Lawn section of the old section of the cemetery or on the
- All memorials and monuments are to be kept in repair by the owner
and if not kept may be repaired or removed by the Town Council at
their discretion and the cost recovered from the owner. After two years
have elapsed from a burial the Town Council shall be entitles to level
and make tidy any neglected graves or grave mounds.
- In the constructions and erection of memorials all materials used shall
be of the best quality and description, and the foundations and work
shall be carried out in accordance with the directions of the Town
Council, and all refuse, unused materials and rubbish must be removed
forthwith. No memorials shall be constructed of bricks, plaster, wood,
bath, can or other soft stone, artificial stone, zinc, iron and other metal.
Bell glasses, shells or glass artificial wreaths of any kind will not be
- No vase may be placed on an unpurchased grave other than an
uninscribed vase not exceeding 10” in diameter and 8” in height.
- Planting of a permanent nature on the grave surface is not permitted.
No articles will be allowed on the grassed area away from the plinth. A
degree of flexibility will be exercised between the period of burial and
the installation of a headstone/plinth up to a maximum of six weeks
when most flowers and wreaths will then be past their best.
All articles will be restricted to the plinth. No glass articles will be
permitted and the Town Council reserve the right to remove any
articles it considers inappropriate. Constant white lights will be allowed
on the plinth.
- The Burial Ground will be open from 9am to sunset.
- Coffins of wood and any natural bio-gradable product will be allowed in
- Caskets will be permitted in brick graves or vaults only.
- The depth of graves shall be subject to the supervision and direction of
the Town Council.
- All graves shall be dug by a person or persons appointed by the Town
Council but vaults and bricked graves shall be dug, made and repaired
at the expense of the persons requiring the same, but under the
superintendence of the Town Council.
- No hewing or dressing of stone will be permitted within the Burial
Ground and mats, canvas or boards must be used to preserve the
grass or turf when erecting monuments; and such other precautions as
the Town Council may direct. All monuments when commenced shall
be proceeded with from day to day until completed.
- The Town Council reserves the right to remove dead flowers and
wreaths from graves.
- Urns may be interred in ordinary grave spaces on payment of normal
burial fees and in the special S, V and Na sections.
- No vehicles will be admitted to the Burial Ground except by special
consent of the Town Council.
- Cycles must be left at the entrance.
- Only Aid Dogs are permitted in the Cemetery.
- Walking on grass verges, graves and memorial kerbs is strictly
- No person shall wilfully destroy or injure any building, wall or fence
belonging to the Town Council or daub or disfigure and wall thereof, or
put up any bill therein, or on any wall thereof, or wilfully destroy, injure
or deface any monuments, tablets, inscriptions or gravestones or do
any wilful damage, play any game or sport or discharge firearms
(except at a Military Funeral) in the Burial Ground or wilfully and
unlawfully disturb and persons assembled in the Burial Ground for the
purpose of burying and body therein or commit any nuisance within the
By order of the Town Council as approved at its meeting on 7
2008 and effective forthwith.
Edward Davies PILCM
Market Drayton Cemetery
St Mary's Church
Market Drayton Methodist Church
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