In an unpurchased grave (also known as a ‘public’ or ‘common’ grave), the Council is the holder of the Rights. This means that the people buried in the grave 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.
Older unpurchased graves may remain unmarked but you can purchase a temporary wooden cross(pdf, 63KB) from us.
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.
Updated: 25 August 2017