Cemeteries

Your nearest cemetery, opening times, crematoria, arrange a burial, cemetery charges and rules, request a plot or plaque, headstones, safety, trace a grave.

Can I report a maintenance issue with a cemetery or churchyard?

We cut the grass, maintain floral areas and keep paths and walkways tidy. If you think we have fallen short of the standard you expect, or if you discover vandalism or desecration at one of our cemeteries, please let us know.

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Report a maintenance issue at a cemetery or churchyard

What are the opening times at the council cemeteries?

Summer

The Cemetery opening times for the summer months (1 April to 30 September) are:

  • Weekdays (Monday to Friday) - 8am to 7pm
  • Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and Bank Holidays - 9am to 7pm.

Winter

During the winter months (1 October to 31 March) opening times are:

  • Weekdays (Monday to Friday) - 8am to 4pm
  • Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and Bank Holidays - 9am to 4pm
  • The Cemeteries are open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Does the council run any crematoria?

The council offers a range of options at our crematorium in Holderness. Find out more on the Lelley Fields Crematorium website.

What are the cemetery charges?

Charges 2024/25

Exclusive rights of burial
Earthen grave Burial (pre-purchased for more than one interment) £1,281
Earthen plot - garden of rest Cremated remains £1,023
Earthen grave - stillborn Queensgate/Anlaby Cemeteries only £100
Single burial plot in garden of rest Queensgate Cemetery only £313
Interments – coffin (standard size)
Adult 16 years or over £1,143
Child Under 16 years £296
Stillborn child Queensgate/Anlaby Cemeteries only £146
Interment – cremated remains (urn/casket)
Adult 16 years or over £244
Child/stillborn Under 16 years £55
Scattering of cremated remains £76
Green Burial (Driffield Cemetery only)
Earthen grave £1,281
Interment £894
Headstones (right to erect headstone where exclusive right of burial has been granted)
Headstone/memorial stone/tablet stone on single grave Up to 18 inches (45cm) in height. Maximum of 18 inches square for tablet stones £141
Headstone on single grave Exceeding 18 inches (45cm) in height up to a maximum height of 54 inches (137 cm) £211
Additional inscription On an existing headstone/memorial stone/tablet Stone £50
Plaques
Right to Place a Plaque Permit Garden of rest only £141
Purchase of Plaque Including Inscription £190 + VAT
Purchase of plaque Including inscription and photograph £277 +VAT
Purchase of memorial bench plaque Max. five plaques per bench £250
Miscellaneous
Earthen grave/cremated remains plot Dug out of rotation £422
Use of chapel Bridlington/Queensgate cemeteries only £152
Late fee Late arrival at the grave side (over 45 minutes) without prior notification £50
Transfer of grave deed Including preparation of deed of assignment £86
Duplicate Document £25
Search of Burial Register Request must be made in writing £10
Exhumation
Exhumation of coffin Subject to ministry of justice/C of E license £5,983
Exhumation of Cremated Remains Subject to ministry of justice/C of E license £1,504

How do I arrange a burial?

The following pdf document provides advice on how to arrange a burial:

Advice on how to arrange a burial (pdf 227kb)

If you are making arrangements through a funeral director, they will take care of everything.

If you are making arrangements yourself, please email the Cemeteries Administration office: cemeteriesadmin@eastriding.gov.uk

If you need to change the Deed of Ownership of an existing grave the following pdf document provides all of the details required to complete this process.

Transfer of Exclusive Rights of Burial (pdf 100kb)

How do I arrange a 'green' burial?

Green burials are a sustainable burial option with a minimal environmental impact. We currently have a Green Burial site at Driffield Cemetery. The following pdf contains more information and details of how to arrange a Green Burial:

Information on Green Burials (pdf 51kb)

How do I arrange getting a headstone onto a grave?

The placement of a headstone or alterations to an existing headstone in an East Riding of Yorkshire Council cemetery can only be carried out by a mason who is accredited by National Association of Memorial Masons.

The mason will submit a permit for work application which can only be authorised by the deed holder for the grave/plot.

The regulations regarding dimensions of a headstone, etc. can be found in the relevant cemetery handbook below.

Why is a headstone laid down or staked in place?

Following a number of fatal accidents involving large headstones and children in cemeteries outside the East Riding, we have reviewed the way in which we manage the memorials within our cemeteries.

Adhering to an inspection programme promoted by the National Association of Memorial Masons, each headstone is given a slight push and if any movement is felt the headstone may not have the correct fixings so has to be staked in place, or if it is really loose and in danger of falling it will be laid down. These are temporary measures until you can get it fixed - usually by the stonemason which supplied your headstone.

Please report a damaged headstone, providing the grave details (found on the back of the headstone) and the name of the deed holder. We will get in touch with you to tell you why the headstone was deemed unsafe, and inform you how you can get it repaired.

Can I trace a grave?

Yes, please call us on (01482) 395880 and we'll be happy to help where possible.

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