Gateshead East Cemetery

East Cemetery is our oldest cemetery, opened in 1862, and has been 'closed' for many years as there are no new grave plots available. Many deed holders for the cemetery are returning to their family graves and having cremated remains interred.

Removal of unauthorised memorials

There are occasions when we need to remove unauthorised memorials from graves to gain access to excavate a grave for a burial. On these occasions every attempt will be made to contact the grave owner to ask them remove the items. If our contact details for the grave owner are out of date then there will be instances when we need to remove the unauthorised items. Any items removed by the council for this purpose will be reinstated.

Service times

Services times are not publicised as they can sometimes change. You can call Bereavement Services 0191 433 3816/3811 or email cemeteriesandcrematoria@gateshead.gov.uk Monday to Friday between 9am-1pm, and 2 - 4.30pm to find out the time of a service. We are not responsible for any changes and recommend that you check again before the service is due. Some families do request that service times are not given out.

Opening hours
April to September

Weekdays and Saturdays: 8.30am to 7.30pm
Sundays and public holidays: 10am to 7.30pm

October to March

Weekdays and Saturdays: 8.30am to 3.45pm
Sundays and public holidays: 10am to 3.45pm

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