Herne Road Cemetery
Crowborough Town Council is the burial authority for the parish of Crowborough and it maintains the Herne Road Cemetery, which incorporates a Garden of Remembrance for the interment of cremated remains, as well as a traditional burial ground. Within the cemetery grounds is St Thomas’ Chapel. This small chapel is able to accommodate approximately thirty people and is available for services upon request.
A few years ago the Council purchased a piece of land on the edge of the town (London Road) and work has started on creating a new cemetery. It is hoped this new cemetery, Summersales Burial Ground, will open within the next couple of years.
FORMS AND INFORMATION
|If you…||Please click here…|
|Would like to arrange an interment||Application for Interment|
|Would like to apply for a memorial permit||Application to Erect, Alter or Repair a Memorial|
|Would like to pre-purchase a Garden of Remembrance plot||Application to pre-purchase a Garden of Remembrance plot|
|Would like to check our fees||Cemetery Fees 2018-19|
|Would like to review to Cemetery Regulations||Cemetery Regulations|
Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find an answer to your question, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Hall on:
How to find the cemetery›
Herne Road Cemetery is located on Herne Road, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 2NT. The cemetery does not have a car park but there is usually plentiful free on-road parking along Herne Road.
Can I pre-purchase a plot in Herne Road Cemetery?
|For coffin interments –||It is not possible to pre-purchase plots for coffin burials.|
|For cremated remains interments –||It is possible to pre-purchase a Garden of Remembrance cremated remains plot. This is restricted to one per person but may be jointly owned by a maximum of two people, one of whom may be a non-parishioner. To do so please contact the Town Hall.
So, how do I purchase a plot?
|For coffin interments –||Your Funeral Director will contact the Town Hall as part of the process of arranging a funeral. Burial plots are allocated in strict rotation.|
|For cremated remains interments –||This can be done in advance (a pre-purchase) and the plot is kept for future use by the holder of the Exclusive Right of Burial. Alternatively, this can also be done at the time of interment; either by a Funeral Director or directly via the Town Hall.|
How do I arrange an interment at Herne Road Cemetery?
|For coffin interments –||Please contact a Funeral Director who will help you manage this process and liaise with the Town Hall on your behalf. The Town Hall does not arrange coffin burials directly.|
|For cremated remains interments –||Please either contact a Funeral Director who will help you manage this process and liaise with the Town Hall on your behalf, or contact the Town Hall who can arrange this directly for you.|
What days of the week do you arrange interments?
The cemetery is available for interments Monday to Fridays. It is not possible to arrange interments for the weekend or for Bank Holidays. The usual hours for interments are 10am to 3pm.
How much do you charge for cemetery services?
A full list of fees is published annually on 1st April. The current list of fees is available to view here.
Can I visit the Cemetery at any time?
Herne Road Cemetery is open for visitors between the hours of 8am and dusk. Access is via a pedestrian gate on Herne Road. There is no dedicated car park at the cemetery but on-road parking is usually available. The council reserves the right to close the cemetery and limit access at any point.
Can I place a memorial on a grave?
The only person who can apply to place a memorial on a grave (or make alterations to an existing memorial) is the person who holds the deed of Exclusive Right of Burial for that particular grave.
How do I go about arranging a memorial, or altering an existing memorial?
All memorials, or memorial alterations, must be carried out by a NAMM or BRAMM registered stonemason. You can find a list of registered masons here:
Your chosen stonemason will apply for a memorial permit from the Town Hall, and will usually help you fill out our paperwork, but the form MUST be signed by the holder of the Exclusive Right of Burial. Having been granted a permit your stonemason will then contact us and we will arrange for them to visit the cemetery to fit or alter your memorial.
Can I erect any type or memorial?
No. There are conditions relating to the size and type of memorial, and materials used. Further information may be found in the Cemetery Regulations or by contacting the Town Hall. A permit will only be issued if the conditions are met.
How much does it cost to obtain a memorial permit?
A full list of the charges relating to memorials can be viewed here here
What exactly is an ‘Exclusive Right of Burial’?
In order for an interment to take place (in any grave) an Exclusive Right of Burial has to be purchased. When you purchase an Exclusive Right of Burial you are being granted [by the Council] the right to inter whomever who wish in that grave space for the period during which you hold the deed. You DO NOT own the land in any way.
Then there is a time limit to my deed?
Yes. Crowborough Town Council grants deeds of Exclusive Right of Burial for a period of 75 years. You can renew the Right subject to any restrictions and regulations that are in place at that time. Any application for renewal should be made within twelve months of the expiry date.
Can more than one person own the Right?
Legally a number of people can jointly own the Right; however, please be aware that all owners are required to give permission before a grave can be opened. For example, this means that if four siblings jointly held a right all four would be required to sign any and all paperwork. If one of the holders refuses to sign, the grave cannot be opened for a burial, or for a memorial to be erected or altered.
What happens when the holder of the Exclusive Right of Burial dies?
Providing there is space, all holders of an Exclusive Right of Burial have the legal right to be buried in the grave. When there are a number of holders and one dies, the rights are then shared by the remaining holders. This continues until there is only one holder, at which point the Right will be transferred via their estate.
Transferring Exclusive Rights of Burial›
Can I transfer the Exclusive Right to someone else now?
Yes. A living owner can change ownership using a Form of Assignment. Please contact the Town Hall for further information.
But what happens if the holder has already died?
When the last remaining owner is deceased a transfer must take place, via their estate, before any further burial, erection of a memorial or amendment of a memorial may take place. There are several different ways in which a transfer may be accomplished, depending upon how the estate of the deceased owner is being, or has been, handled:
If the deceased owner left a will AND a Grant of Probate has been obtained
If a grave owner has made a valid will and left an estate of sufficient value to require a Grant of Probate, ownership of the grave will be transferred to the Executor/s. The Executor/s will need to provide us with a sealed copy Grant of Probate (NOT a photocopy) and, if possible, the original Deed of Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial.
If an Executor does not wish to retain the Right they can then transfer it to whomever they choose using a Form of Assent, which is available from the Town Hall.
If the deceased owner left a will but NO Grant of Probate has been obtained
If a grave owner has made a valid will but the estate is not of sufficient value to require a Grant of Probate then ownership will be transferred to the Executor/s named in the will by way of a Statutory Declaration. The Executor/s will need to visit the Town Hall with the will and any codicils (we will only take a copy of the relevant part of the will/codicil showing the Executor/s). This information will be used to create a Statutory Declaration in the name of the Executor, who will then need to take the document and sign it in the presence of a Magistrate or Commissioner of Oaths. Many local solicitors are Commissioners of Oaths and will provide this service for a small fee.
If the deceased owner did NOT leave a will BUT a Grant of Letters of Administration was obtained
If a grave owner did not leave a valid will but left an estate of sufficient value to require a Grant of Letters of Administration, ownership of the grave will be transferred to the Administrator/s. The Administrator/s will need to provide us with a sealed copy Grant of Letters of Administration and, if possible, the original Deed of Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial.
If an Administrator does not wish to retain the Right they can then transfer it to whomever they choose using a Form of Assent, which is available from the Town Hall.
If the deceased owner did NOT leave a will and a Grant of Letters of Administration was NOT obtained
If a grave owner did not leave a valid will and left an estate of insufficient value to require a Grant of Letters of Administration the ownership will be transferred to the lawful next of kin by way of a Statutory Declaration. This document will need to be signed in the presence of a Magistrate or Commissioner of Oaths. Many local solicitors are Commissioners of Oaths and will provide this service for a small fee. For further information on lawful next of kin, please contact the Town Hall.
Crowborough Town Council is a member of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.