We are responsible for one cemetery in Hertsmere.
Allum Lane Cemetery in Elstree was originally opened in the early sixties with the first burial in July 1962. It stands on the grounds of the old Radnor Hall Estate, which had been demolished in the late 1950s. The cemetery contains both consecrated (blessed as sacred) and unconsecrated plots. The consecrated plots have been blessed by a Church of England Bishop.
Allum Lane is a lawn cemetery, designed to look neat and be easy to maintain. This means only certain types of plaques are allowed and no upright headstones or grave edging is permitted.
The cemetery is open 9am until 5pm every day of the year, but the cemetery is closed to traffic when a funeral is in progress, which can be between 10.30am and 2.30pm any weekday, except on bank holidays.
Sorry, no dogs are allowed in the cemetery.
You can visit the cemetery at:
Allum Lane, Elstree
There are a small number of parking spaces available.
Burials can take place between 10.30am and 2.30pm any weekday, except on bank holidays.
Graves can be bought for one, two or three interments.
Graves in full plots can be re-opened with the permission of the grave owner providing that the grave is not already full.
Muslim graves are located in Sections M and N of the cemetery. Please contact 020 8207 7497 for further details.
There are a small number of common graves within the cemetery. A maximum of three burials will be made in a common grave and ownership of these stays with the council.
Cremations do not take place at Allum Lane, but cremated remains can be buried here. Each ash grave can contain up to four caskets.
Graves for cremated remains are situated together in the area of the cemetery marked TCR, although old graves can be re-opened to include ashes, providing they are not full.
We have a Memorial Garden and run a commemorative scheme to give people the opportunity to remember a loved one in a variety of ways. We allow commemorative roses and trees, wall plaques and benches.
After a burial we place a marker on the grave. Wreaths and flowers are left on the grave for two weeks and are then moved to the Remembrance Corner for a further two weeks to allow families the opportunity to remove any cards of condolence.
You are then welcome to place either a vase or a pot plant on the grave, but only one floral tribute is permitted on each grave. If more are left, they will be removed and placed in the Remembrance Corner. If there is a special occasion, such as a birthday or an anniversary, and you would like to leave additional flowers, please let us know so that we can tell our contractors who maintain the site on our behalf.
Vases should be:
one solid item (i.e. no separate base)
no bigger than 200mm x 200mm x 200mm (8” x 8” x 8”)
not be made of glass
Pot plants should be:
no more than 610mm (24”) high,
contained in a pot no more than 200mm (8”) across the top.
Plaques and headstones
Because this is a lawn cemetery, we only accept granite or marble plaques which can be laid flat at the head of the grave. A permit fee is required prior to the installation or re-inscription of a plaque.
Purchased graves may have two plaques 610mm x 305mm x 50mm (2’ x 1’ x 2”) giving a maximum area of 1220mm x 305mm x 50mm (4’ x 1’ x 2”) together with one vase only.
Cremated remains plots may have two plaques 305mm x 305mm x 50mm (1’ x 1’ x 2”) or one plaque 620mm x 310mm x 50mm (2’ x 1’ x 2”) together with one vase only.
A child’s grave may have one plaque 305mm x 305mm x 50mm (1’ x 1’ x 2”) and one vase only.
Common graves may have one plaque 305mm x 305mm x 50mm (1’ x 1’ x 2”) per interment and one shared vase.
Plaques may be square, rectangular or in the shape of any recognised religious symbol, provided they do not exceed the above dimensions.
We work hard to keep the cemetery tidy and maintained and apart from the floral tributes and plaques, no other memorials are permitted.
Gravel or stone chippings should not be laid by individuals: a strip of chippings will be laid by us when rows are completed.
We are responsible for the following maintenance in the cemetery.
Shrub bed maintenance
Rose bed maintenance
Seasonal bedding maintenance
Sweeping of all paths
Laying gravel strips
Topping up graves and seeding
Removing dead floral tributes
Removing excess floral tributes
We do not clean headstones.