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 whole of the grave will be turfed/grass seeded flat and mown by the Council staff. Movable/permanent items such as pots, vases, and ornaments, are not permissible on the grave space infront of the headstone. Grave surrounds of any kind such as fences, kerbs, stones, etc. and plants, bulbs, shrubs and trees planted in the soil are not permitted and will be removed by the Council
All memorials must be approved by Bridgwater Town Council and a permit granted.
The maximum dimensions of a headstone on a lawn section are 3ft 6″ in height (from ground level) including plinth/foundation – 3ft wide and a minimum of 3″ thickand must be fixed with a ground anchor system. If you do not wish to have a headstone you may apply to have an approved vase measuring no more than 8″ x 8″ x 8″ or a lawn tablet or desk vase tablet measuring no more than 18″ x 18″. 4″ at the back and 2″ in the front.
No plants, bulbs, shrubs, and trees planted in the soil are permitted and will be removed by the Council.
No grave surrounds made of plastic or stones are permitted and will be removed by the Council chipping must be within a kerb surround.
The maximum dimensions of a headstone on a traditional section are 4ft in height (from ground level) including plinth/foundation, 3ft wide, adnd a maximum of 3″ thick and must be fixed with a ground anchor system. In addition, you may also apply to have a kerb surrround of 7ft x 3ft and/or a ledger/cover slab of 7ft x 3ft and an approved vase measuring no more than 8″ x 8″ x 8″.
Garden of Rest
No items are permitted outside the foundation base and will be removed by the Council.
Maximum dimensions of a memorial on a garden of rest section are foundation base 2ft x 2ft – tablet/desk vase tablet 18″ x 18, 4″ at the back and 2″ in the front.
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 opens in a new windowMemorial Benches.