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Allum Lane Cemetery - Frequently asked questions

Last Modified January 06, 2015


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How do I buy a grave?


Normally, your funeral director will help to make the necessary arrangements for buying a grave at the time of the funeral, but you can organise this yourself. Just contact us.

Please note:  you cannot pre-buy a grave at the cemetery.

How long can I buy a grave for?

No memorial rights exist on public graves so no headstone or other memorial can be put up.

Who can buy a grave?

Anyone can buy a grave at Allum Lane Cemetery, but if you do not live in Hertsmere the fees are tripled.

What types of graves are available?

We provide lawn-type graves, which are maintained by us. (Note: Not headstones or plaques). After the burial, the grave is made level and grassed over. Nothing else is allowed to be placed or grown on or around the grave.

What is an unpurchased grave?

An unpurchased grave, sometimes known as a public or common grave, is where the right to burial cannot be bought and the council has total control of the grave. No memorial rights exist on public graves so no headstone or other memorial can be put up.

What is a purchased grave?

A purchased grave is where the right of burial can be bought for a period of 99 years.

The owner of the right of burial can decide who will be buried in the grave and memorials are allowed in line with our cemetery regulations.

What is a personalised or independent funeral?

Although a funeral director will be invited to organise the majority of funerals, some people prefer to organise funerals themselves. These are called personalised or independent funerals.

Where can I find a funeral director?

These sites may be helpful:

Your funeral director can make all the arrangements for the funeral, burial or cremation, religious or secular service. The funeral director can also advise on all the procedures and documents needed to register the death.

After the funeral, when can I put my plaque in?

We advise you to wait around six months before placing it, but you should contact your monumental mason as soon as possible to avoid any unnecessary delay after this waiting period.

Why do exhumations happen?

Exhumations occur for a number of reasons, including: 

  • movement from the original grave to a subsequently acquired family plot in the same or other cemetery
  • repatriation overseas to be buried along with other family
  • transfer from one cemetery scheduled for development to another; or
  • court orders requiring further forensic examination.

Exhumation of both buried and cremated remains requires a Ministry of Justice licence. For more information please contact the Ministry of Justice.

It is an offence to exhume any human remains without first obtaining lawful permissions. For more information on exhuming a body in Hertsmere, contact environmental.health@hertsmere.gov.uk

Further information

Allum Lane Cemetery

Death and bereavement


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