Many people wish to mark a grave by placing a memorial with a personalised tribute.
If you want to place a memorial you must own the Exclusive Right of Burial for the grave. A permanent memorial can be put in place after six months, when the earth has had time to settle.
You can place the following temporary tributes on the grave:
- A wooden cross (these are normally supplied by the funeral director)
- Flowers in a non-breakable container
A memorial for a cremation plot may be erected any time following the burial of ashes.
To erect a memorial you must complete a permit giving details of the proposed work and pay the relevant fee before any work can be carried out.
Do I have to use a stonemason?
Yes. Any memorial placed in our cemeteries must be fixed by a stonemason listed with the British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons (BRAMM) or on the Register of Qualified Memorial Fixers (NAMM RQMF).
This is to make sure that all memorials are securely and safely fixed – all stonemasons must be able to demonstrate that their work meets British Standards BS58415. Restoration and cleaning must be also be carried out by a stonemason registered with BRAMM or NAMM.
What kind of memorial can I have?
Memorials shall not include the following:- no planting of shrubs, bulbs, trees or perennials, no plastic flowers, no glass containers/items, ornaments, solar lights, lanterns, chippings, wind chimes, balloons, windmills, items on sticks or any other decorative feature not in keeping with the Cemetery. This applies to all areas of the cemeteries with some exception to the children’s areas.
The dimensions of a headstone on a lawn section, which cannot exceed, are 3ft 6ins in height (including base) 2ft 6ins in width and 15ins deep. No more than two vases are allowed and must be incorporated in the base of the memorial. No items are to be placed on the length of the grave space. All headstones must be fixed with a ground anchor system.
If you do not wish to have a headstone, you may place an approved vase measuring no more than 8ins x 8ins x 8ins or a Lawn tablet or wedge measuring no more that 18inches by 18inches by 12inches
The dimensions of a full memorial on a traditional section, which cannot be exceeded, are 4ft high (including the base) and 3ft in width and 7ft in length. All headstones must be fixed with a ground anchor system.
Grave owners do not have to have a full memorial on a traditional section. The owner may prefer to have a headstone only and have additional vases along the grave space.
Garden of Rest
The dimensions of the Desk Vase tablet or Wedge are 18ins x 18ins on a foundation base which must be 2ft x 2ft and flush with the turf. No more than two flower containers may be incorporated within the memorial.
Burial area – the dimensions of a full memorial on the children’s section, which cannot be exceeded, is 2ft in height including base, the kerb set length will depend of the age of the deceased.
Grave owners do not have to have a full memorial on the children’s section. The owner may prefer to have a headstone or Vase only.
Garden of Rest area – the dimensions of a full memorial on the children’s section, which cannot be exceeded is a Desk Vase Tablet or tablet 12ins x 12ins on a foundation base which must be 18ins x 18ins and flush with the turf. No more than two flower containers may be incorporated within the memorial.
You are able to purchase a seat in both Bristol Road and Quantock Road Cemetery. A location for the seat will be identified by the cemeteries staff. If there is a certain area you would like the seat to be placed, please let us know. We will try to find a location that is suitable, as near as possible to your request.
The seat must be purchased through the Cemeteries Office and the cost includes the purchase, fixing of the seat and maintenance for 10 years. Inscriptions can be provided by the person making the order or we can obtain a quote from our suppliers. Please see fees and charges for the price (this does not include the inscription).
For memorial seats in parks please see Memorial Benches.