Cemeteries

We aim to deliver a professional and caring service through our sympathetic, competent and trained staff. Our priority is to ensure that all funerals are organised and conducted in a dignified and orderly manner, as we understand that a meaningful funeral is an important part of the grieving process.

Annual Christmas memorial services 2020

We regret to inform you that due to the coronavirus outbreak our annual memorial services of thanksgiving and remembrance have had to be cancelled this year.

Service update during coronavirus

Access to our cemeteries during lockdown

In accordance with The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020, our cemeteries are closed to members of the public, except for:

  • funerals
  • commemorative events celebrating the life of a person who has died
  • or to allow a person to pay respects to a member of their household, a family member or friend

Please do not visit our cemeteries unless for these purposes.

Services and bookings update

We have implemented the following changes:

  • Until further notice chapel services are suspended. You can continue to book graveside services
  • Funeral attendance numbers have been extended from 10 to a maximum of 30 people
  • Since 1 September 2020 we have started taking new bookings for the interment of cremated remains

The safety of our customers, community and staff is our first priority, and our principal focus is to ensure we are able to continue the essential work of burials during the crisis. Restrictions will be lifted as soon as it is safe to do so.

Cemeteries services

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 26 March 2020. The Regulations were made in response to the serious threat to public health posed by the spread of coronavirus. Under the regulations and powers conferred by the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, cemeteries which have a crematorium will close to the public during the emergency period, allowing access for funeral services only.

Unless otherwise directed by government, the borough’s cemeteries which do not have a crematorium on site will remain open. The principal function of our Cemeteries Service is the provision of funerals, and to deliver services with care, dignity and sensitivity. We recognise the importance of access to open spaces for exercise during the pandemic, but expect members of the public who use our cemeteries to behave appropriately and respectfully. Group gatherings will not be permitted.

View what to do when someone dies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Richmond Cemetery

Joined with East Sheen Cemetery

Grove Road
Richmond
TW10

East Sheen Cemetery

Sheen Road
Richmond
TW10 5BJ

Hampton Cemetery

Hollybush Lane
Hampton
TW12 2QS

Old Mortlake Burial Ground

Avenue Gardens
London
SW14 8BP

Teddington Cemetery

Shacklegate Lane
Teddington
TW11 8SF

Twickenham Cemetery

Hospital Bridge Road
Whitton
Middlesex

The following cemeteries and crematorium are within the borough but are not managed by Richmond upon Thames council. Unfortunately we cannot assist you in relation to funerals or records held at these sites.

Mortlake Crematorium – Tel: 020 8876 8056

Mortlake and North Sheen Cemeteries – Tel: 020 8878 1934

Cemetery grounds opening times

All the Borough cemeteries are open to the public at the following times:

November to March

10am to 4.30pm including Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays, Christmas and New Year.

Please note that the side gates will close at 4.15pm and the main gate at 4.30pm.

April to October

10am to 6.30pm including Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

Please note that the side gates close at 6.15pm and the main gate at 6.30pm.

Parking

Visitors are welcome to park by the chapels or on the wider path sections if space is available.

If parking on the path side, please do not block access for other vehicles, mount the grass, or encroach on graves and memorials. Please exercise care whilst driving in the cemetery.

If you are attending a funeral please be aware that it may not be possible to accommodate all vehicles on-site.

We reserve the right to restrict the number of vehicles permitted to park in the cemetery. This will ensure that the funeral procession has clear access to enter and exit the cemetery in a dignified manner, and to maintain safe access for all other cemetery users. 

Please consider using nearby on-street parking where possible.

Contact the Cemeteries Team

Due to the national Covid-19 situation, visits to the Cemeteries Office are by appointment only.

If you plan to visit the office please contact us and we will make you an appointment.

The Cemetery Office
East Sheen Cemetery,
Sheen Road,
Richmond,
TW10 5BJ

Telephone: 020 8876 4511
Fax: 020 8878 8118
Email: cemeteries@richmond.gov.uk 

As we attend each burial, and are often out of the office with families, there may be occasions when the office is not staffed. An answer phone service is available if your call cannot be answered personally. Please leave a short message giving your name, contact number and a brief description of your query, and a member of the team will get back to you.

Updated: 12 November 2020