Main entrance in Bramfield Road
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Hertford Cemetery is a peaceful space of great historical interest, which offers a natural environment for all types of wildlife and as a result an important nature conservation resource. Hertford Town Council is working to achieve a Green Flag award for the Cemetery which is a national award designed to recognise well managed parks and open spaces for all to enjoy.
All land at the Cemetery is consecrated. Consecrated land has been blessed by a Bishop in the Church of England, however there is no restriction on who may be buried in consecrated land. There is also a dedicated Roman Catholic block in the Cemetery, which is now full.
Layout of the Cemetery
The Cemetery shall be open to the public from 08.00am until sunset daily or later as notified by the Town Council. There is a Cemetery Friends Group which locks and unlocks the vehicle gates at weekends, when these times may vary.
Admission of Vehicles
Vehicles are permitted in the Cemetery, at the discretion of the Town Council, to
allow occupants to visit a grave or graves. Any time restrictions for vehicle access will be displayed on the Cemetery notice board. A 5mph speed limit is in operation
Enquiries and Cemetery Services
All enquiries should be addressed to:-
Cemetery Office, Hertford Town Council, The Castle, Hertford, Herts SG14 1HR.
Mrs Pat Chappell Telephone: 01992 552885
Hertford Town Council offers a full range of services at the Cemetery, including Cemetery management, liaison with funeral directors and administration of deeds and records. Cemetery records are available for public inspection during office hours.
The cemetery service includes:
It is recommended that a period of at least 12 months has elapsed from the date of the burial before any memorial is placed upon the grave. This allows for the natural settlement of the grave and will aid in the stability and safety of the memorial. Before any memorial is fixed, a permit must be applied for (usually by the memorial mason on behalf of the grave owner) and the appropriate permit fee paid. It is recommended that insurance is taken out to cover any accidental damage or vandalism to the memorial. Hertford Town Council encourages the use of innovative and personal memorials
All memorials erected in Hertford Cemetery must be and remain safe, sound and in a stable condition. Memorials remain the property of the grave owner, but the Council, as land owner is responsible for ensuring that the grounds are safe for both visitors and staff. In the event of any memorial falling and injuring anyone, both the grave owner and the Council would be liable to prosecution.
Application to Erect a Memorial
Further information for Hertford Cemetery
Exclusive Rights of Burial
When a grave is purchased' this refers to the purchasing of the exclusive right of burial in a grave space and not the purchase of the land itself. This means that you do not own the land but have the exclusive right, during the period stated in the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial, to say who can be buried in the grave. Also, provided that you do not, during your lifetime, transfer the right to another person and provided that the period stated in the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial has not expired, you can choose to be buried in the grave yourself. However, Hertford Town Council will determine the number of burials (this includes cremated remains) permitted in the grave.
A grant of exclusive right of burial will be issued to the grave owner. This should be kept in a safe place, as it will be required should there be a further burial in the grave at some point in the future. No burials or changes to memorials can be authorised without the permission of the holder of the exclusive right of burial.
Transferring an Exclusive Right of Burial
If you wish to you can transfer those rights to another person, the documents that we will require from you are detailed in this leaflet.
If you wish to transfer the ownership during your lifetime you must complete a Form of Assignment and submit it to the Central Cemeteries Office, together with the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial.
Exclusive Right of Burial Transfer Forms
Further information for Exclusive Rights of Burial
Charter for the Bereaved
Hertford Town Council is a member of the Charter for the Bereaved.
The Charter was established by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), a professional organisation committed to developing and improving bereavement services and providing training for those who work within it.
In order to become a member of the Charter for the Bereaved an authority has to demonstrate that it can satisfy 33 basic rights associated with funerals. The Charter also contains objectives, and helps authorities to set priorities for future development and improvement. An annual assessment ensures that the service keeps improving and raising it's standards, and allows it to be ranked against other services throughout the country.
Charter for the Bereaved - The Guiding Principles
Hertford Town Council - Cemetery rules and regulations
Hertford Town Council - Cemetery fees