Cemetery Rules and Regulations


Cemetery Regulations – Benwick Rd. Doddington

The whole of the Cemetery in Benwick Road Doddington is unconsecrated and operates as a Lawn Cemetery, which means that the area containing graves, is returned to lawn following burials and interments.

Planting or positioning of any memorial is not permitted in front of the main memorial headstone channel.

The holder of a Grant of Exclusive Rights of Burial, is responsible for the continuing safety of all memorials/structures on the plot purchased.

Regular inspections should be carried out by an approved NAMM or BRAMM stone mason to ensure the memorial/structure remains safe. We advise that a separate insurance policy is purchased as Doddington Parish Council accept no responsibility for any damage which may be caused to monuments within the Cemetery.


Part 1             – Interment Fees

Part 2             – Exclusive Rights of Burial in Earthen Grave

Part 3             – Monuments

Part 4            – Cemetery Regulations

Part 1


Doddington Parish Council will use the fees as prescribed on the Fenland District Council web site



A Grant of Exclusive Rights of Burial must be purchased before interment can take place. Arrangements can be made through a Funeral Director or directly with the Parish Council clerk.

Burial Rights can be purchased at the time an interment takes place or in advance of an interment to reserve a grave space for use in the future.

When a grave is ‘purchased’, this refers to the purchase of the exclusive right of burial in a grave space and not the purchase of the land itself. This means that the purchaser does not own the land but has the exclusive right to say who can be buried in the grave.

In accordance with the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977, all burial rights are issued for a fixed period. Doddington Parish Council currently issues them for a period of 75 years, from the date of issue, with the option to renew the rights at the end of this period.



For the right to erect or place on a grave in respect of which an exclusive right of burial has been granted, and, upon receipt of the appropriate fee, the following monuments only are permitted:

1           a headstone not exceeding 3 ft (915 mm) in height, including landing above ground level

2          a headstone not exceeding 3 ft (915 mm) in height, above ground level including vase                                                                                               

3          a vase not exceeding 10” (225 mm) in diameter and 8” (205 mm) in height above ground level

4          a hardwood cross not exceeding 3 ft (915 mm) in height above ground level                           



1           No interment will be undertaken on Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Day, Good Friday and bank holidays unless there is an epidemic, or at a specific request of a doctor

2          From Mondays to Fridays burials may take place between the hours of 10.00am and 3.30pm

3          The Council does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to any memorials placed on graves or cremation plots in any cemetery administered by them.  Insurance cover should be arranged by the person who is in possession of the exclusive rights of Burial for the plot


1           Planting of any type of plant, bulbs, placing plants in free standing pots, bowls or unauthorised flower containers, is not permitted

2          The placing of free-standing ornaments, of any material, is not allowed

3          A memorial or vase will be permitted on a grave space or cremation plot, provided the Exclusive right of Burial of that grave or cremation plot has been purchased and provided that the memorial or vase is part of or attached to the headstone or memorial stone. No more than 2 vases are allowed.

4          The Council reserves the right to remove any structure, memorial or item which does not comply with these Regulations or is detrimental to the good order of the cemetery

Receptacles for Flowers

1           The placing of free-standing ornaments, silk/plastic flowers, flower receptacles of any material, including glass, plastic, or pottery containers are not allowed as they can be damaged, moved or stolen.

2        Approved vases shall be only of natural stone or metal, not exceeding 10 ins (225 mm) diameter where circular in plan and not exceeding 8 ins x 8 ins (205 mm x 205 mm) where rectangular in plan. No vase shall exceed 8 ins (205 mm) in height

3        An approved receptacle for flowers can only be placed on the headstone plinth at the head of a grave.  If room remains on the headstone plinth following the erection of a memorial, a vase conforming with Regulation 3 (above) may be set immediately in front of the memorial           providing the necessary Council authorisation has been obtained.  No more than two vases   per grave space will be permitted

4        The Parish Council will from time to time remove dead flowers from any grave


1        Following an interment, a temporary marker, consisting of a small brass plate on a hardwood backboard and mounted on a short post, may be placed on a grave by a Funeral Director.  The brass plate shall show the name of the deceased and the date of death.  The marker may remain on the grave of a period of 12 months from the date of interment or until a permanent memorial is erected, whichever period is the shorter.  Such a marker may be placed on a grave without the payment of any fee.

2        The proposed design of all memorials shall be submitted to the Council, on the proper form. Written approval must be obtained from the Council before any erection is commenced.   The application shall consist of a sketch showing the design, all dimensions, the stone to be used and all inscriptions.  Memorials must be constructed from natural stone

3        The right to have a memorial erected on the burial plot will be fixed for 20 years.  It may be renewed for a further period of time at no further cost.  This regulation enables the Parish Council to maintain a relationship with the owner.

4        The section and number of the burial in place must be cut plainly on the reverse of the memorial.  The name of the monumental firm supplying and erecting the memorial may be cut in small type on the reverse or side of the memorial

5        Where an inscription has been cut without approval, the holder of the Exclusive right of Burial shall cause the inscription to be erased in a proper and workmanlike manner, at no expense to the Council, so that the appearance of the memorial is not impaired

6        A memorial in the form of a cross, scroll, open book, carved figures or other approved type can be erected on the headstone plinth at the head of a grave

7        The types of memorials which the Council will permit in its cemeteries are:

(i)    Single type placed centrally on a single grave

(ii)  Double width landing, having a maximum length of 7 ft 6 ins (2.27m), spanning two graves, with a single memorial placed centrally

(iii)  Double width memorial having a maximum length of 7 ft 6 ins (2.27 m) including base and landing, spanning two graves

8        If it is not desired to erect any memorial at all on the headstone plinth then this space will be maintained by the Council who reserve the right to take steps to keep it clean.

9        Erection of Railings, Kerbs, Fences etc: Is not allowed in any part of the Lawn Cemetery including the erection of railings, fences or other structures enclosing graves and/or memorials.  The provision of any artificial or natural particles of stone or slate will not be permitted on any part of a Lawn Section


Cremation Plots

1        The size of a memorial slab or tablet on a 2 ft x 2ft (610 mm x 610 mm) plot in cremation section will be 18 ins x 18 ins (450 mm x 450 mm). 

2        Any inscription shall be subject to the Council’s prior approval

3        The only item permitted to stand on a memorial slab or tablet shall be an approved vase.      

Important Note

If a memorial is found to be unsafe it will either be supported with a temporary wooden stake or laid flat.  The Council will make all reasonable efforts to contact the current owner of the Exclusive Rights of Burial requesting that a permanent repair is arranged using a memorial mason. 

The Council retains the right to remove at any time an unsafe memorial if the required repairs to the memorial are not carried out.