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To purchase a grave an application form has to be completed and sent back to the Bereavement Services office with payment. When you buy a grave you buy the exclusive right of burial, you do not buy the land. The land remains the property of Gateshead Council.  

At the end of the term you have an option to extend the length of Exclusive Right of Burial however graves cannot be leased for more than 100 years. For example if you have a lease for 50 years the most it could be extended for is a further 49 years. The registered grave owner has responsibility to renew the Exclusive Right of Burial.  

The registered grave owner is the only person who can agree to a memorial on the grave and the only person that can give written permission for a grave to be opened for a burial. The law protects the rights of the registered owner.

The grave space given would be the next space available on the cemetery plan. If you want a particular part of the cemetery you would have to arrange with the Bereavement Services office to meet with the foreman at the cemetery. Up to two full burials can fit into each grave.

Graves have to be dug to deep enough to allow for future burials to take place, to accommodate legal requirements of undisturbed earth between each coffin and the amount of earth that must cover the last interment.

Application for the lease of exclusive rights of burial

Contact us

Bereavement Services
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH
Tel: 0191 433 3816 or 433 3811
Email: cemeteriesandcrematoria@gateshead.gov.uk 

Office opening times: Monday to Friday 9am-1pm, 2 - 4.30pm