Hertford Cemetery, situated on North Road, is a peaceful space with great historical interest. Its natural environment attracts all types of wildlife and is an important nature conservation resource, with beautifully kept lawns and mature trees.
There are a number of sections for burials, the Garden of Rest and the Garden of Remembrance (Full) for ashes, niche’s for ashes and the Memory Wall for plates within the cemetery.
All land is consecrated, which means it has been blessed by a Bishop in the Church of England. There are no restrictions on who may be buried in consecrated land. There is also a dedicated Roman Catholic block in the Cemetery, which is now full.
Benches are scattered around and there are four water points for the public to use.
Hertford Town Council is committed to providing an excellent cemetery service and is able to offer a range of interment and memorial options at the Hertford Cemetery.
Burial plots can be dug to single, double or triple depth and there is also an option for brick graves and a separate section for the burial of cremated remains. Arrangements can also be made for the burial of foetal remains, if required.
The burial area which is currently in use includes a mixture of lawn and full kerb memorials, however when this area is full it is intended that the Council will offer two separate areas, one section which will only include lawn graves and one for full kerb memorials.
The cemetery is open to the public 8.00am to sunset weekdays.
The vehicle gates are open from: 8.00am to 4.15 Monday to Thursday & 8.00am to 3.15pm on Fridays.
Weekend hours vary, as the gates are open by the volunteers of the Cemetery Friends Group, but are generally open from 9.00am to 7.00pm but times cannot be guaranteed.
Vehicle access is at the discretion of the Town Council and any time restrictions will be displayed on the cemetery noticeboard. A 5mph speed limit is in operation.
View the layout of the cemetery
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:
- The option of a bricked grave
- The option to pre-purchase plots in certain areas
- Graves for cremated remains
- Triple depth graves
- Liaison with funeral directors
- Administration of Deeds and Burials
All enquiries should be addressed to:
Hertford Town Council
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 if the grave was not just for single use. Only two caskets per grave for the Ashes section.
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.
Funerals and Wakes at Hertford Castle
For those looking to host a non-religious funeral service Hertford Castle is the perfect venue to mark the passing of your loved one with family and friends.
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Greenspace Action Plan
Hertford Town Council engaged Countryside Management Service (CMS), part of Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside and Rights of Way Service to produce a Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) for Hertford Cemetery and All Saints Churchyard. The completed documents will inform the management actions to be undertaken over the next five years, commencing in April 2022.
GAPs are essentially map-based management plans that provide focus and direction for the running and improvement of open spaces. They provide a clear, logical process to determine the activities that should take place over a stated period of time to achieve the objectives for the site.
The plans were endorsed by the Town Councils Committee Services Committee at its meeting on 29 November 2021.