In an unpurchased grave (sometimes known as public or common), the Council is the holder of the Rights. This means that the people buried in it will be unrelated and there are no specific rights to have a memorial. Therefore, the cost is much lower than that of a private grave.
Burials in these graves are carried out with the same dignity and respect as those in private graves. Unpurchased graves are available in either Twickenham or Teddington Cemeteries, and the burial fee is shown on our fees list page.
Older unpurchased graves may remain unmarked. You can purchase a wooden cross and nameplate from us and the application form is available to download(pdf, 22KB).
You may prefer to purchase a small memorial from a Memorial Mason, for which there is a memorial application fee. The only permanent memorial permitted is a small headstone, maximum 18" high and 18" wide.