Corley Cemetery

Rules and Regulations 2019

Clerk email:  corleyparishcouncil@yahoo.co.uk           Tel: 07710 487765




These rules and regulations apply to Corley Cemetery, Church Lane, Corley which is owned and managed by Corley Parish Council.

It shall be the responsibility of Council Employees, Funeral Directors, Stone Masons, Grave Diggers, their sub-contractors and any other person carrying out works in the cemetery to ensure that they do so in a manner which accords with all current Health and Safety legislation.

All bookings and general enquiries regarding the cemetery should be directed to the Clerk of the Corley Parish Council.

Corley Parish Council reserve the right to take any remedial action if these regulation are breached. The financial liability for such corrective action will be the responsibility of those causing the breach.

2.       FEES

Fees are reviewed annually and charges apply for:

The purchase of Exclusive Right of Burial - £850 + £250 1st interment

Each individual interment - £250

Childs burial/cremation age 18 and under £100

Burial of ashes - £500 + £200 1st interment

Each individual interment of ashes - £200

License to erect a memorial - £150

The right to add an additional inscription to a memorial – £50

The transfer/renewal of Exclusive Right of Burial – £50

3.       GRAVES

Burial Plots

A full burial plot measures 9’ x 4’6” and may contain a maximum of 3 full burial interments and up to 4 cremated remains interments thereafter.  Where a burial plot is used for the interment of cremated remains this excludes a subsequent full burial.

For interments of coffins or caskets larger than 78 inches x 28 inches or 198 cm x 71 cm, two single plots, side by side, must be purchased, at the relevant fee. Graves must be spaces 5’ 6” apart centre to centre.

Cremation Plots

A flat only cremation plot measures 24 inches x 24 inches or 61 cm x 61 cm and may contain a maximum of 2 caskets, side by side.

Childrens Plots

Corley Cemetery has allocated a part of the land specifically for the burial of young children.

Under these most sad and devastating circumstances the Parish Council, as custodians of the Cemetery, will have the duty and responsibly to advise if the deceased should be provided a grave within the children’s area or if it is more appropriate to provide a grave in the main area of the Cemetery.

4.       BUYING A GRAVE – Only possible at time of first interment and sale only to a resident of Corley who having purchased such right may inter a close relative.

It is important to understand that when a grave is bought, what is being purchased is the Exclusive Right of Burial for a grave for an agreed period of time.  This does not involve the purchase of land and no ownership of land is transferred to the purchaser.  A Deed of Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial is issued by the Burial Authority in respect of every exclusive right purchased.  Any person who purchases the exclusive right of burial for a grave space/cremation plot, shall not convey, assign or transfer such right without the consent of the Burial Authority and payment of the relevant fee.

The Deed grants the purchaser the right to:

Be buried in a designated grave, if space is available (includes cremated remains)

Authorise further burials in the grave, where space is available, or the interment of cremated remains

Apply for permission to place an inscribed memorial on the grave or an addition and inscription to be added

By law, a purchased grave may only be opened for the burial of the Deed holder or for the burial of another person with the written permission of the Deed holder.  The Deed must be transferred by legal process should somebody else wish to arrange a further burial in the grave or add a memorial/additional inscription.  The Deed must be kept safe as it forms part of the purchaser’s estate.

Period of Exclusive Right of Burial

An Exclusive Right of Burial gives a right to burial in the ground for a period of 75 years.


All interments must be attended by a Funeral Director or Minister as the officiator. 

Family-only interments are not permitted.A fully completed Notice of Interment form, together with full payment, must be received by Corley Parish Council at least 4 working days in advance.

Interments may take place on week days only, excluding Bank Holidays, during daylight hours only

Where an Exclusive Right of Burial has already been granted in respect of a grave space to be used for the interment, the original Deed must be produced to the Funeral Director who will sign the Interment Notice to the effect that it has been produced.  A copy must accompany the Interment Notice.

The responsibility for digging a full burial plot shall rest with the person giving notice of interment, under whose supervision, at the direction of the Council, such excavation shall take place. No grave shall be excavated beyond the depth of nine feet (108 inches or 274 cm) for the first interment but the question of depth shall at all times be subject to the directions of the Council.  All surplus soil must be removed from the site by the grave digger. 

Deed holders must be aware that some disturbance may occur to the surface of a grave if an adjacent grave is opened.  This may be unavoidable.  Disturbance will be kept to a minimum and the grave will be tidied afterwards.

Coffins and caskets for all burials, including those for cremated remains, must be made from suitable bio-degradable materials such as wood, wicker, cane, bamboo, wool, cardboard etc. 

The scattering of ashes is not permissible anywhere in the cemetery.


Non residents will only be interred into an existing family grave where double fees will apply.

At the discretion of the Council, the interment of a non-resident may be considered, where they were formerly a long standing resident but were obliged to reside outside the parish during their declining years in order to receive nursing or other residential care.


Pedestrian access to The Cemetery is available at all times.  The Cemetery is a place of peace and quiet reflection.  It is also a workplace.  Visitors are welcome but please respect the special nature of the site and the needs of other users and keep to the paths at all times unless visiting a grave.

Vehicles are not allowed in the cemetery


No games, sports, riding of bicycles, skateboards, roller blades or similar are allowed in the cemetery.  No consumption of alcohol or drugs may take place within the cemetery.

Children are welcome in the cemetery but must be supervised by a responsible adult atall times.  It is particularly important that children are not allowed to climb on any monuments, or furniture, within the Cemetery.

Dogs are permitted in the cemetery but must be on a lead at all times, under full control.

8.       MEMORIALS

Permission is required to place any headstone and base on burial or cremation plots for which the Exclusive Right of Burial has been purchased.  

A temporary marker may be placed on the grave until a permanent memorial has been erected or until a maximum period of 12 months has elapsed. The placing of railings, kerbed surrounds, edging stones, chippings, lights, planting around the grave/cremated remains (other than bulbs) is not permitted. The Graves are all lawn type and must be kept level to accommodate mowing.

Permitted sizes of a monument, headstone or memorial plaque are as follows:

Burial plots adult – maximum dimension allowed is 24” wide x 30” high x 4” thick for

headstone sitting on a single base of 30” wide x 12” deep x 4”

Burial plots children – maximum dimension allowed is 18” wide x 21” high x 3” thick for

a headstone sitting on a single base of 18” wide x 12” deep x 3” thick

Cremation plots – maximum dimension allowed is 12” wide x 15” high x 2” thick sitting

on a base of 16” wide x 12” deep x 2” thick

Any Memorials not abiding to the permitted sizes shall be immediately removed by the owner, having received notification of breach of the regulations, at their own cost. In the event that the monument is not removed, the Parish Council reserves the right to remove the Memorial and claim all costs of removal from the stonemason/owner.


The Parish Council reserves the right to amend these regulations and to deal with any circumstances or contingency not provided for in the regulations as necessary.





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