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Rules and Regulations

Cemetery Rules and Regulations

Applicable to cemeteries at Audley, Attwood Street (Kidsgrove), Chesterton, Keele, Knutton, Madeley, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Silverdale

Interpretation and Amendment

The rules and regulations apply to all sections of the cemeteries.

They are made under the Local Authorities and Cemeteries Order 1977 and are subject to the provisions of the order and any consent or other requirements specified by the order.

Cemetery Plans and Statutory Registers

Plans of each cemetery, giving the location of all graves, are kept at Keele Cemetery and can be viewed by appointment during office hours free of charge.

You have a right to inspect the statutory burial register by appointment and free of charge.

Special Prohibitions

  • Except in the funeral procession, no horse or vehicle will be admitted unless by special permission or permit of the council (all vehicles must be driven at walking pace).
  • Cycles must not be ridden.
  • Prams and pushchairs must be in control of an adult.
  • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed except under the care and control of an adult.
  • Users of the cemeteries are asked not to walk on graves or memorials.
  • Cemetery staff are not allowed to accept gratuities.
  • Photographing a funeral procession, grave, vault or memorial is not allowed without permission from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.
  • The council may at any time exclude from the cemeteries any person who conducts themselves in a noisy, disorderly or inappropriate manner, who is under the influence of drink or drugs, uses improper language or refuses to comply with any of these regulations.
  • No person is permitted to enter or leave the cemeteries except by the proper entrance gates.
  • Dogs must be kept on leads at all times.

Miscellaneous Items

All memorials must comply with the rules and regulations in place.

In the interest of safety to visitors and staff in the cemeteries, and to avoid interference with maintenance and damage to equipment, any decorative or breakable objects are not allowed on grave spaces. These include: glass, pottery, vases, statues, bottles, fencing/wirework, candles, lanterns, windmills, flags, toys, gravel, ornaments and memorabilia.

Small potted plants are allowed but must be kept within the grave area and must not encroach on neighbouring spaces. These can be placed in the headborders and on cremated remains foundation slabs but must not be planted in the headborder or in the grave space area.

Any freestanding objects placed on or around memorials are left at the owner’s risk and the Borough Council takes no responsibility for damage or loss of these items.

Any objects placed on or around memorials or left in the grave area may be removed by cemetery staff if they are hazardous or interfere with maintenance work.

Crematorium Rules and Regulations

Interpretation and Amendment

The rules and regulations apply to all sections of the crematorium.

They are made under the Local Authorities and Cemeteries Order 1977 and are subject to the provisions of the order and any consent or other requirements specified by the order.

Crematorium Plans and Statutory Registers

Plans of the crematorium grounds, giving the location of all graves, burial areas and memorial gardens, are kept in the Crematorium Office and can be viewed by appointment during office hours, free of charge.

You have a right to inspect the statutory cremation register by appointment and free of charge.

Special Prohibitions

  • Cycles must not be ridden.
  • Prams and pushchairs must be in control of an adult.
  • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed except under the care and control of an adult.
  • Users of the crematorium are asked not to walk on graves or memorials.
  • Crematorium staff are not allowed to accept gratuities.
  • Photographing a funeral procession, grave, vault or memorial is not allowed without permission from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.
  • The council may at any time exclude from the crematorium any person who conducts themselves in a noisy, disorderly or inappropriate manner, who is under the influence of drink or drugs, uses improper language or refuses to comply with any of these regulations.
  • No person is permitted to enter or leave the crematorium grounds except by the proper entrance and exit gates.
  • Dogs must be kept on leads at all times.

Miscellaneous Items

All crematorium memorials must comply with the rules and regulations in place.

In the interest of safety to visitors and staff in the crematorium grounds, and to avoid interference with maintenance and damage to equipment, any decorative or breakable objects are not allowed on grave spaces or within the memorial gardens and burial areas. These include: glass, pottery, vases, statues, bottles, fencing/wirework, candles, lanterns, windmills, flags, toys, gravel, ornaments and memorabilia.

Any freestanding objects placed on or around memorials are categorised as unauthorised memorials and will be removed by crematorium staff. The Council is not liable and takes no responsibility for damage or loss of these items.


Last updated 14 August 2019

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