Cemeteries and Burials

Purchasing a Grave

We understand that this is a very difficult time and that you have to make important decisions about the nature of what funeral service you want. This information has been written in order to try and help you make the correct choice for you and your family. 

It is usual for a funeral director to contact the Council and make the necessary arrangements for buying a grave. However, if you wish to make your own arrangements, you can organise this by contacting the Burials Officer who will be able to help you to make an informed choice on the options available.

There are six cemeteries within the Harborough District - although Blaston cemetery is closed for 'new' graves, but can accomodate 2nd interments and cremated remains burials in existing graves where space is available.

Some cemeteries in the District have both consecrated and unconsecrated grounds;

Consecrated - the ground is blessed according to the rites of the Church of England and is normally used by those of the Christian faith.

Unconsecrated - the ground has not been blessed and include plots for other religious denominations such as Roman Catholic etc, though the ground may be blessed at the time of interment by the minister officiating.

Types of graves. The only form of burial graves available are  maintained in lawn sections. These are designed to be kept and maintained at expense of the District Council. The grave is turfed over and a headstone erected with a stone base large enough to hold flowers or a wreath. See Cemetery Management for an explanation.

Exclusive Right of Burial (ERB)

The ERB is a form of lease that may be purchased for any of the grave spaces available in any of the cemeteries we manage. Purchasing an ERB  grants the holder of the deed (issued by HDC) exclusive rights to the plot for 100 years. Residents of Harborough District can purchase the exclusive right of burial for a grave space and the fees and charges can be found by clicking the link below.

Scale of Charges

Unpurchased Graves - an unpurchased grave, sometimes known as a public or common grave, is where the exclusive right of burial has not been purchased and the council has total control of the grave. The council will decide who is buried in the grave and this may not be members of the same family.

Purchased Graves - A purchased grave is where the right of burial can be bought for a set period of time. (see ERB above.) The owner of the right of burial can decide who will be buried in the grave and memorials are allowed in line with Harborough District Cemetery Regulations.

Burials can take place on any weekday, except on statutory holidays. Please talk to your funeral director or contact us to discuss any specific needs.