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Book of remembrance

The book of remembrance provides a simple and everlasting record of and memorial to the deceased. The name of the deceased and a suitable epitaph of either two, five or eight lines are offered and recorded on a date of your choice, which could be the date of death, a birthday or an anniversary. The entry can be highlighted with a suitable emblem such as a flower, animal, military badge or coat of arms. The books are composed of the finest paper and the inscriptions are written by professional artists and calligraphers.  

Digital books of remembrance

Both crematoria have books of remembrance. Once entries have been seen in the book of remembrance, they can be accessed at any time, by using the  digital book of remembrance which sits alongside the original books.

Birtley book of remembrance

Saltwell book of remembrance

The digital book enables users to see their inscriptions 365 day of the year. It will not take the place of the original books of remembrance.  

Opening times

Saltwell and Birtley book of remembrance rooms will be open: 

April to September
Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 7pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am - 7pm

October to March
Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 3.45pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am - 3.45pm


Applying for an entry in the book

Information will usually be sent to the person who made the arrangements for the cremation five weeks after the cremation has taken place.

You can have an entry in the book if the cremation took place elsewhere.

Once an entry has been inscribed it cannot be removed. It is important that entries are submitted within four months of the date of death to ensure that they are shown for the first anniversary. If you have any queries about a book of remembrance please contact us. 

Application forms

Icon for pdf Birtley book of remembrance [145.42KB]

Icon for pdf Saltwell book of remembrance [145.43KB]

Please print and complete the application form for the right crematorium, and follow the guidance notes.

Information about the costs can be found on our fees and charges page.

Once you have completed the application form you can either:

  • Bring it into the civic centre where you can pay by cash, cheque or debit/credit card
  • Post the form along with a cheque payable to 'Gateshead Council'  

The council reserves the right to vary any inscription as necessary or to refuse an entry which is considered unsuitable.

Contact us

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

Office opening times: Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 2 to 4pm

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