Burials and Cemeteries

The Council currently manages seven cemeteries within North Hertfordshire. For information regarding the location, opening hours for burials and regulations for each cemetery, please see the pages below:

We liaise with funeral directors and stonemasons, arrange burials and administer deeds and records. Our staff also offer advice on burial options and can answer any queries you have regarding our cemeteries. We have a Service Level Agreement (SLA) in place that sets out how we communicate and liaise with Funeral Directors/Undertakers and anyone else wishing to book a burial, and this is attached below for your information.

Arranging a burial or interment of ashes

If you would like to arrange a burial or interment of cremated remains, you can provisionally book it online: 

Book a burial or interment of ashes

If you wish to book one of the Cemetery Chapels then you need to contact the Burials team directly to make the booking.

You will then need to complete the Interment Form below and email it to burials@north-herts.gov.uk. Applications are normally made to us by funeral directors as they can help a deceased person's family/friends make the necessary arrangements. Please see below for information on funeral directors.

We can accept applications direct from the deceased's family/friends, although we require the appropriate documentation before we could confirm a booking. Please contact us for further advice if you do not want to appoint a funeral director.

Interment options

We offer a wide range of interment options at Wilbury Hills cemetery including Woodland and Meadow burial areas as well as entombment in the Mausoleum. Burials and Cremations are available in our other cemeteries, subject to availability, so please see the individual cemetery pages or contact us. If you have any special requirements, such as cultural or religious customs, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Pre-purchasing the rights to a plot

Burial plots at Wilbury Hills cemetery, Letchworth and Knebworth cemetery may be pre-purchased for future interment. Normally we allocate the next available plot. However, we can consider requests for a specific plot.  Deeds granting the Exclusive Right of Burial are issued for a period of 50 years and may be renewed up to a maximum of 50 years.  If you are thinking of pre-purchasing a plot, please contact the Burials team and complete the form below.

Memorials

Due to the layout of some sections at St John’s Hitchin, Wilbury Hills Letchworth, and Icknield Way Letchworth, memorials must be erected on the head or foot of graves. If you have any queries about memorials or floral tributes, or have a specific wish about the position of a memorial, please contact the Burials team.

Transferring the Exclusive Right of Burial

There are many different circumstances that may affect the transferring of the Exclusive Right of Burial and the following flow chart has been devised to help you to ensure you complete and provide the right information to do this.  If you are unsure then please contact the Burials team so that we may advise you.  There are a number of different forms that are required and these can be found below. 

Fees and charges

Fees and charges for all our burial grounds for 2018/19 can be found below. These fees include charges for placing monuments, gravestones and tablets, and making monumental inscriptions.

Useful contacts

For help, information and advice after someone has died:

GOV.UK Information on what to do after someone dies
Citizens Advice Information on matters that need to be arranged when someone dies
Bereavement Advice Centre Advice and support on what to do after a death
Cruse Bereavement Care Offers free information, advice and support
National Association of Funeral Directors Trade Association for funeral directors
The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors For independent funeral directors
British Institute of Funeral Directors Information on educational services in the Funeral Industry