Memorials

A natural stone memorial is an enduring commemoration, and it is important that the decision on choice of design, material and manufacturer is carefully made.

You should take time to consider what is available, perhaps by looking at existing memorials in the cemetery. Although there is no minimum time before you can place a memorial, it is advisable to give some time for the ground to settle before placing a headstone. Apart from encouraging the use of local slate (or very similar material) in the Lakes cemeteries, we try not to impose restrictions on design and material, other than overall height, width and thickness of stone. There are regulations about the method of fixing stones for safety reasons.

The Bereavement Services Officer can provide a list of local masons who will be able to guide you in your choice, and design an individual memorial.

When you are satisfied with your choice, the mason will ask you to sign an acceptance of order and an application form for this council. The mason will submit the application and pay the relevant fee on your behalf. When we have checked the application, we will issue a permit for the mason to place the stone.

The National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) has a Code of Working Practice that sets standards all masons carrying out work in our cemeteries must abide by.

Memorial masons are able to offer insurance against damage to the memorial, and it is recommended that you consider taking this, at least for the first five years.

Responsibility of memorial owners

It is the responsibility of the grave owner to maintain the memorial and ensure that it, or any other item placed on the grave, complies with our memorial regulations and does not become a hazard. This includes glass and porcelain containers that are liable to shatter, as well as loose stones around memorials.

If we identify a risk, we have a responsibility under health and safety legislation to reduce that risk, and this may involve removing such items.

We will take all care possible to avoid disturbing a memorial, but it might, on occasion, be necessary to move a memorial to enable the opening of an adjacent grave, or if it falls into a state of disrepair. It is important that our record of owners is kept up to date, and we request that grave owners keep us informed of any change of address.

Memorial application form (PDF/50KB/2 pages)

Fees and charges 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

The following fees and charges will be applied to applications for memorial work received after 31 March 2020.

Please Note: All fees are doubled when the applicant lives outside our area.

Memorials fees and charges
Service Fee
Transfer of grave ownership £50
The right to place a flat tablet (occupying a superficial area approximately 450mm by 520mm) on a grave or vault in respect of which the exclusive right of burial has been granted £100
The right to place, in headstone sections only, a desk type tablet (approximately 600mm by 300mm deep) on a grave or vault in respect of which the exclusive right of burial has been granted £100
The right to place a headstone, scroll or similar monument (not exceeding 1 meter (39") in height) on a grave or vault in respect of which the exclusive right of burial has been granted £183
The right to place a vase sited in lieu of a headstone on a grave or vault in respect of which the exclusive right of burial has been granted £100
The right to place an additional inscription on an existing monument

£66

Please Note: The regulations state that all memorials must have the grave number engraved visibly. When a memorial is taken in for additional work, the number must be added if it is not already present. All headstones must be fixed or re-fixed using a NAMM approved ground anchor system, identified by an asterisk (*) after the grave number. Every memorial must be installed to at least the standards of the current NAMM Code of Working Practice.