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. 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.
The Cemetery is 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.
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.
Exclusive Right of Burial at Hertford Cemetery
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.
Exclusive Right of Burial Transfer Forms
Further information for Exclusive Rights of Burial
Enquiries and Cemetery Services
All enquiries should be addressed to:-
Hertford Town Council
Mrs Pat Chappell
Tel: 01992 552 885