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Memorials application

Any proposed memorial and memorial inscription work must be carried out by one of our registered Monumental Masons. To apply, please contact a registered Monumental Mason.

We will approve most types of stone memorials for installation in our cemeteries.

Memorial maintenance

The responsibility for the safety and upkeep, including repairs to any gravestone or memorial, remains solely with the owner(s) of the grave. We recommend that grave owners obtain a guarantee from the Monumental Mason for all work they carry out and arrange for the Monumental Mason to check the memorial for defects every 5 years. Insurance for memorials is available from many independent insurers.

We carry out inspections of memorials and reserve the right under Health and Safety legislation to 'make safe' any defective memorials that are found.

Headstone specifications

All memorials are to be constructed and erected with ground anchors, in accordance with the current code of practice, as prepared by the National Association of Memorial Masons.

All memorials erected, or placed upon the ground, must have the corresponding grave space number placed on the side of the stone's base. The name of the supplying firm may be placed on the memorial.

Memorials installed are to be installed on a 36"x18" (0.92 x 0.45m) concrete flag. Grave edge kerbs are not allowed.

No headstone may be more than 1.2m (4') in height and 750mm (2'6") in width. (Double grave spaces, a maximum of 1.8m (6ft) in width).

Memorials in cremated remains rows and children's burial areas may not exceed 0.685m (2'3'') in height.

For further information, please see the memorial section within the Cemetery Regulations.

Additional inscription on a headstone

If an additional inscription involves the supply and fixing of a new plinth, or further section of stone, a sketch of the proposed stonework showing details is to be supplied.

Additional 'free-standing', unattached plinths, or non-fixed stonework, will not be permitted.

Memorial safety

We carry out inspections on all of the memorials in our cemeteries and closed churchyards which we maintain. These inspections have highlighted a number of unstable memorials. These memorials have been 'made safe' by either laying them flat, or supporting them with posts. We appreciate that visitors to the cemeteries may be distressed by the sight of memorials being laid flat, but we hope that people will appreciate that we had to do this in the interest of safety.

As the owner of the grave you are responsible for the repair and maintenance of the memorial and you must arrange for any repairs to be carried out by a registered Monumental Mason.

If you are the owner of a memorial that has been laid down, or supported, please contact the Bereavement Services Office.

Alternative memorial options

As an alternate to the traditional headstone memorial, there are other various options which are available. These options include a bronze plaque memorial, bench memorial, and tree donation scheme.

How do I apply for a bronze plaque? 

There are two sizes of bronze plaque which we offer, an 6x4 plaque and a 11x7 plaque. The inscribed bronze plaque is placed on the wall within the Garden of Rest area at Penrith Cemetery. To apply for a bronze plaque, please contact the Bereavement Services Office.

How do I enquire about a bench memorial?

For further information please contact contracts@eden.gov.uk

How do I enquire about the tree donation scheme?

For further information please see tree donation scheme