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Burials and cremations

A funeral director will usually contact us and make arrangements for buying a grave. You can make your own arrangements by contacting us and we will help you to make an informed choice from the options available.

Burials can take place on any week day - except on bank holidays. Please talk to your funeral director to discuss your specific needs.

Our adopted Cemetery regulations govern how the cemeteries are managed and what is permitted in relation to grave spaces within them.

Cemeteries in Harborough

There are 6 cemeteries in Harborough:

  • Market Harborough
  • Great Bowden
  • Great Easton
  • Saddington
  • Foxton
  • Blaston - closed for 'new' graves

View the location of cemeteries on a map.

Some cemeteries in the district have both consecrated and unconsecrated grounds:

  • Consecrated ground is blessed according to the rites of the Church of England
  • Unconsecrated ground has not been blessed and includes plots for other religious denominations (such as Roman Catholic) - the ground may be blessed at the time of interment by the minister officiating

Un-purchased Graves

An un-purchased grave, sometimes known as a public or common grave, is where the exclusive right of burial has not been purchased so the council has total control of the grave and will decide who is buried in the grave.

Purchased Graves

A purchased grave is where the right of burial is bought for a set period of time. The owner of the right of burial can decide who will be buried in the grave, and memorials are allowed.

The Exclusive Right of Burial is a form of lease that may be purchased for any of the grave spaces available in any of the cemeteries we manage (but only at the time of interment). It grants the holder of the deed exclusive rights to the plot for 100 years. Please note that you cannot purchase the exclusive right of burial for a grave space in advance (in reserve). View the cost of the exclusive right of burial for a grave space.

Memorials

Memorials and any form of monument can only be placed on the grave space with our permission. This permission will only be granted where a grave space has an Exclusive Right of Burial recorded against it.

Alterations to any existing monument or memorial, or their removal, can also only be carried out with the permission of the council. This will include alteration of an existing inscription or the cutting of an additional inscription.

New memorials and monuments, as well as alterations to exisiting memorials and monuments, will usually be organised by a stone mason or funeral director. If you are arranging new or alterations to exisitng memorials or monuments please provide your contact details so we can send you the information you will need to arrange this. There are set charges for memorials and monuments in our cemeteries.

Prices for burials and cremations (from 01/04/2019)

The fees for burial (interment) from Monday to Friday between 9am - 3.30pm:

Single depth grave spaces

**(Fees are doubled for non-resdents of the Harborough District)

Cemetery Price for person 18 or over Price for person 12 to 17 years Child 11 years or younger

Northampton Road Cemetery

£403

Nil

Nil

Great Bowden Cemetery

£403

 

Nil

Nil

Foxton Cemetery

£403

Nil

Nil

Saddington Cemetery

£403

Nil

Nil

Great Easton Cemetery

£403

Nil

Nil

Blaston Cemetery

£403

Nil

Nil

Double depth grave spaces

**(Fees are doubled for non-resdents of the Harborough District)

Cemetery Price for person 18 or over Price for person 12 to 17 years Child 11 years or younger

Northampton Road Cemetery

£531

Nil

Nil

Great Bowden Cemetery

£531

Nil Nil

Foxton Cemetery

£531

Nil Nil

Saddington Cemetery

£531

Nil Nil

Great Easton Cemetery

£531

Nil Nil

Blaston Cemetery

£531

Nil Nil

Other burial charges

**(Fees are doubled for non-resdents of the Harborough District)

Cemetery Price for person 18 or over Price for person 12 to 17 years Child 11 years or younger

In an existing vault

£237

Nil Nil

In an existing vault outside the hours of 9am to 3.30pm is an additional

£141

Nil Nil

Interment of cremated remains

£172

Nil Nil

Interment of cremated remains outside the hours of 9am to 3.30pm is an additional

£109

Nil Nil

Exhumation (subject to the required approvals) is charged at 3 times the cost of the relevant burial fees.

Exclusive Right of Burial (Issued in rotation only)

**(Fees are doubled for non-resdents of the Harborough District)

Burial

 Price for person 18 or over 

 Price for person under 18 years

Grave 7 feet by 3 feet issued in rotation (at time of burial) 

£461

Nil

Graves within the children’s section of a cemetery measure 4 feet by 2 feet 6 inches.

Ashes

Price for person 18 or over

Price for person under 18 years

Ashes plot (Garden of Peace)

£229

Nil

Ashes plots are only available in rotation but an adjacent plot can be reserved at the time of interment. An adjacent plot purchased in reserve will be charged double fee.

 
Re-assignment Price for person 18 or over Price for person under 18 years
 Re-assignment of exclusive right of burial  £59  N/A

Monuments

**(Fees are doubled for non-resdents of the Harborough District)

Item

Price

Headstones 25 inches to 36 inches high

£114

Headstones 13 inches to 24 inches high

£98

Vase up to 12 inches high

£92

Tablet in chapel (Market Harborough only)

£131

Memorial in Garden of Peace (maximum of 12 inches by 12 inches by 15 inches)

£92

Additional inscription

£70

Book of Remembrance

**(Fees are doubled for non-resdents of the Harborough District)

Item

Gross

Single entry

£51

Double entry

£83

Treble entry

£85

Garden of Remembrance

**(Fees are doubled for non-resdents of the Harborough District)

Item

Gross

Named rose tree including 10 years maintenance

£85

Please be aware that chosing a named rose tree, does not confer any rights reagrding the use of land. Unlike purchasing a grave, there is no deed (ERB) in place to grant any user rights. Following the period of 10 years, the Council reserves the right to remove any plaques present and reuse the space.

The Council may also reuse the same space for scatterings within the 10 year tree maintenance period.

Cemetery Chapel

**(Fees are doubled for non-resdents of the Harborough District)

Item

Gross

Use of Cemetery Chapel

£85

Scattering of cremated remains

Item

Price

Adult

£22

Child (under 18)

No charge

Under Turf (Adult) £64
Under Turf (Under 18) Nil

Searches of Burial Registers

No longer possible. All historical records have been transferred to the County Archivist. Please refer any enquiry to Leicestershire County Council.

Topping up Fee:

This is where the Council receives a request to top up a sunken gravespace outside the contracted maintenance period: £25