All monuments must be non-reflective. Materials must harmonise with the natural local landscape and local stones are preferred. Statues, open books and birdbaths are not permitted, any portraiture is forbidden, and monuments must not exceed a certain size. Headstones
must not exceed 48” high, 36” wide 6” thick no less than 30” high, 20” wide and 3” thick. Glass or plastic flower containers are not permitted and will be removed from graves as they constitute a safety hazard. However a separate stone flower container is permitted if situated in line with the head of the grave for which a fee is payable. A monument remains the property of the person who erected it, and who must maintain it in a safe condition. Those monuments which are deemed unsafe will be lowered to ground level. Railings, curbs, plain or coloured chippings, stones around the edge of graves are no longer permitted.
Inscriptions on Monuments:
Inscriptions must be simple, and must be approved by the Rector before they are incised. There must be no inscriptions on the back of gravestones. The Parish Priest will be pleased to give help in the choice of suitable inscriptions.
Churchwardens: Beryl Baldwin, 01772 812497
Don Crawford, 07815 820380
Disposal of Cremated remains:
Cremated remains must be buried in the ground, and a record kept of their burial in the Burial Register of the Parish Church. The ‘scattering’ of cremated remains is not permitted in a Church yard. Permission must always be sought from the Rector for the interment of cremated remains.
Are graves personal property:
No, normally the relatives of a deceased person are allowed to use a grave for further interments or the burial of cremated remains, but unlike a public cemetery, there is no right to ownership. Even if you have a grave space reserved by Faculty its use expires after 75 years. Burial spaces are allotted by the Rector.
Who maintains the Churchyard:
This is done by volunteers from amongst the congregation of Holy Trinity and it is maintained to a high standard. Local Churches and the (civil) Tarleton Parish Council do make a contribution towards its upkeep, but the main burden rests upon the Parochial Church Council of Holy Trinity. Offers to help with the maintenance will always be appreciated. The whole of the Churchyard must remain a lawned area.
Monuments in the Churchyard:
No monument may be introduced into the Churchyard without the written permission of the Rector; this also applies to inscriptions on monuments. The Churchyard Regulations permit the use of certain types of stone, i.e. Limestone (e.g. Derbyshire Hoptonwood, Cumbria Salterwath, North Wales Halkyn), Sandstone (e.g. Cumbria St Bees, Derbyshire Stanton Moor, West Yorks Bolton Wood), Slate (e.g. Cumbria Shap light grey, Devon Merrivale, Scotland Creetown). The following materials are not permitted: black, dark grey, red or blue granite, white