Richmondshire District Council

The maintenance of closed churchyards is undertaken by the council.

Burials no longer take place in a closed churchyard, and the installation of memorials can only take place on a grave when exclusive rights of burial have been purchased.

A fee is incurred for the internment, exclusive rights of burial and for the installation of memorials.


Closed churchyards health and safety

  • Only memorial masons that have registered with the council are allowed to work within the grounds of a closed churchyard
  • All new memorials must comply with the council’s policy on the installation of memorials.
  • Headstones may be unstable and persons entering the churchyard should proceed with care.
  • All Memorials are subject to regular safety inspections and visitors are reminded that headstones should not be interfered with at any time and be aware of potential hazards.
  • Visitors are asked to respect the grounds at all times.
  • Children should not be allowed to wander or play on or near memorials. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No dogs (with the exception of guide dogs) are allowed in the churchyard.
  • Persons entering closed churchyards do so at their own risk. The council shall not be held responsible for any injury or damage, which may occur to any person or property within the cemetery, except in the case of personal injury where it is proved that the council has been negligent.
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