Cemetery advice and information

Cemetery fees and charges

Pay or purchase online

You can pay or purchase online for grave rights, interment fees, memorial plaques, hire of a cemetery chapel and family history searches.

Interments

All intended interments, including the scattering of ashes, must be arranged through the Cemeteries Office.

It is a legal obligation to register all interments that take place within our grounds. This may be arranged directly with our office or through the services of a funeral director.

Interments can take place Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm, excluding bank holidays and subject to availability.

Obtaining the rights to a burial or cremated remains plot

Grave spaces or Gardens of Remembrance plots may be reserved in your name in advance of an interment. Reserving an interment plot will provide you with peace of mind, knowing that a space is available for when needed.

Lawned grave spaces, Gardens of Remembrance, and Woodland grave plots are currently available. If there is availability, neighbouring plots may also be reserved to accomodate numerous interments.

In order to reserve a plot, please contact the Cemeteries Office. We can then advise you on our availability, select a plot, and provide you with the necessary documentation.

For more information on our current prices, please refer to our Cemetery Fees and Charges list.

Grounds maintenance

Grass cutting, hedgerows and fencing, trees, path ways, and bins are maintained by Lancaster City Council's Grounds Maintenance team. Should you wish to report or discuss any Grounds Maintenance issues within our cemeteries, please contact the Cemeteries Office directly.

Dogs within our cemeteries

Dog control orders are in place throughout all of Lancaster City Council cemeteries - these grounds are not designated dog walking areas.

Dogs are permitted in our cemeteries, however they must be kept on a lead at all times, which is a by-law. There are no areas within any of our cemeteries where dogs are permitted off lead.

Please ensure that dogs remains on footpaths and highways, and not on the grassed areas which are burial grounds.

Dog fouling must be disposed of immediately - there are waste bins in all of our cemeteries. When out with your dog, you should always be prepared to clean up after it.

Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, it is an offence not to clean up after a dog has defecated on public land. A person may be issued with an £80 fixed penalty fine if they do not clean up, or alternatively may be prosecuted through the magistrates court, where the maximum fine is £1000.

If you are aware of offenders causing a particular problem in your neighbourhood you can contact the dog warden service, who will investigate and take appropriate action. You can also report dog fouling on the Lancaster City Council website.

Horses

Under no circumstances are horses permitted in any of our cemetery sites. It is important to remember that all of our sites are working burial grounds and we must respect those attending funerals or visiting graves.

Vehicles

Please refrain from driving on grassed areas-vehicles must remain on designated pathways and should not be driven at excessive speeds.

Please be aware that grassed areas may infact be grave spaces, despite there being no memorial in place. This will avoid any distress to families visiting graves, and prevent potential damage to memorials.

Vehicles must not park across pathways which could cause disruption or block other cemetery users or funeral processions.

Access to our cemeteries by vehicle is restricted overnight, however pedestrian access is still in place.

Contravening any of these by-laws will result in on the spot fines and potentially further prosecution.

These regulations are in place so that those visiting graves within the cemetery can do so in a quiet, clean, and respectful environment. Our aim is to provide a peaceful, safe and attractive site for visitors. It should be a place of quiet reflection where the bereaved may visit graves, or where visitors may enjoy the peaceful environment and wildlife.

Visitors are welcome in Lancaster City Council Cemeteries. All are asked to respect the burial sites of those who rest within our cemeteries and to have careful regard for all graves and memorials.

Balloons and Chinese lanterns

Due to our commitment to biodiversity, we politely request that balloons, chinese lanterns or anything similar are not placed or released within our cemeteries.

Items such as this are proven to cause damage to wildlife, and litter the local area.

We appreciate that you may wish to mark the interment of a loved one or  the anniversary of a significant date, so please contact our office for advice on acceptable alternatives.

Wildlife and heritage walks

We have produced two leaflets for walking trails.

The Torrisholme Cemetery Heritage Walk leaflet highlights points of interest and biodiversity within the Cemetery.

With the assistance of Friends of Poulton Cemeteries, we have also compiled Poulton Cemeteries Heritage Trail leaflet, which covers Morecambe Cemetery and the neighbouring closed churchyard.

These are available at Customer Service Centres at Lancaster and Morecambe Town Halls, Visitor Information Centres in both Lancaster and Morecambe, and on request by contacting the Cemeteries Office.

Lancaster Civic Society currently offer guided walks of Lancaster Cemetery (Quernmore Road) only. These tours are approved for permission from our office, but should you have any family history or burial enquiries, please contact the Cemeteries Office instead who will be happy to provide you with information directly from the official records.

Please note that no other guided walks are currently permitted within our working cemeteries so as to respect those visiting graves.

Biodiversity

Parts of our cemeteries have been designated as wildflower areas or meadows. This has been implemented mainly to improve food and shelter sources for wildlife, but also to improve the aesthetic of the cemetery. Lancaster Cemetery has some healthy sections of wildflower, and there is a wildflower meadow located at Torrisholme Cemetery. 

Lancaster Cemetery is also particularly attractive to wildlife - deer, squirrels, owls, bats, and grass snakes have been sighted within the grounds. 

Our cemeteries are rich in wildlife and we encourage those visiting our grounds to report any interesting species that they may see on their visits. 

The Cemeteries Office have created two survey forms for those wishing to observe and record any wildlife sightings they make within our cemeteries. These forms can be found here: Wildlife Survey Form (PUB, 174KB), Bird Survey Form (PUB, 172KB)

Feedback

The Cemeteries Office are continually striving to improve our services-both as an efficient and professional interment facility and in managing our green spaces. In order to provide our cemetery users with the service they expect, we have launched a Torrisholme Cemetery User Survey and we welcome your feedback. This form focuses solely on Torrisholme Cemetery, as we introduce some changes to the site. Comments regarding any other of our cemeteries may still be reported via email, post, telephone or in person at our office at Morecambe Town Hall.  

The form can be located here.Torrisholme Cemetery User Survey (DOCX, 29KB), or by contacting the Cemeteries Office.

Receiving help with funeral payments

Financial assistance may be available from the social fund for a person seeking to arrange a funeral, depending on their financial circumstances.

Lancaster Cemetery Chapel
Lancaster Cemetery Chapel

 


Last updated: 09 April 2019