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Cremated remains

If you want cremated remains buried, plots can be purchased in specific areas within “lawn sections” at Saltwell, Birtley, Heworth Burn, Blaydon, Hookergate and Garden House cemeteries. An approved stone memorial can be placed on the plot after interment and each grave can hold up to four caskets. Please consult with our Bereavement Services office for prices.

Children's sections

Saltwell, Birtley, Heworth Burn and Blaydon cemeteries have special areas for the burial of babies and children. In exceptional cases where the burial of non-viable foetal remains has previously taken place, it may be possible to accommodate a further burial.

Lawn sections

This is a designated grassed area of the cemetery where only memorial stones are allowed to be erected. This ensures that the area is uniform and neat and that it is easier for both the council and the public to look after. Kerbstones, fencing and other forms of memorials and ornamentation are not allowed. Low growing, ground cover plants only and seasonal bedding plants, may, subject to the approval of the Authorised Officer, be planted on graves in general and lawn sections only and where the Exclusive Right of Burial has been obtained.

No dressing of memorials will be permitted within the Cemeteries.

All materials brought into and removed from the cemetery should be done so in a respectful manner avoiding damage to the grounds and walks.  

General sections

These are areas within a cemetery available for general burials in old sections. Kerbstones are permitted. 


Contact us

Bereavement Services
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Tel: 0191 433 3816 or 433 3811

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