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Cemetery and Crematorium

The Crematorium opened in 1957. Since then over 97,000 cremation services have been held there. The chapel is serene and traditional, with beautiful features. The comfortable chairs seat 124 people but there is plenty of room for many more to stand if necessary.

Music is supplied via the Wesley Music System, which allows families to choose any recorded music they wish. The Wesley System also allows the service to be recorded as a DVD or on CD. An organ is also available if families prefer to hire their own organist (funeral directors will organise that for them).

The waiting suite is attractive and is full of comfortable chairs and cosy sofas, so you may wait in comfort if you get to the crematorium early. There are lavatories, a drinks machine and water cooler.

The crematorium wishes to look after all of its visitors, so there is level access throughout and there is a lavatory with easy access for visitors with limited mobility. A wheelchair is available on request, but if you bring your own chair, and tell us in advance, we will remove a couple of chairs in the chapel to allow you to sit comfortably, without sticking out into the aisle. Large print hymn books and service books are available on request. Please just ask the chapel attendant and he or she will be happy to help you.

The beautiful Cemetery opened in 1856, and since then over 64,000 burials have taken place there. Some of the Victorian memorials are amazing. The Cemetery provides many choices for burial; there are separate neat lawn areas for the burial of those of Church of England and Roman Catholic faiths and another area for those of no religion, other religions and non-conformist denominations. Additionally there is also a lawn area for the burial of military personnel, and another for the burial of cremated remains. Traditional memorial areas, which allow kerb sets and larger memorials to be erected, are offered for those of the Islamic and Jewish faiths and there is also another large multi-faith section available to everybody. In addition a beautiful and tranquil Baby Burial Garden provides a peaceful resting place for babies.

The 57 acre Cemetery is home to a diversity of wildlife, including jays, woodpeckers, owls, bats, muntjac deer, foxes, badgers and many, many squirrels. The original Victorian tree planting scheme was devised by Benjamin Cant to arboretum standard, and many of those magnificent mature trees still remain, complemented by many others planted over the years. In all there are in excess of 1,250 mature trees, plus a multitude of beautiful plants and shrubs. The many species of fungi to be found in the Cemetery can be spectacular, too.