Holy Trinity Church Tarleton | Grave Stones – Guidence
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Grave Stones – Guidence

The Parish of Holy Trinity

Information regarding the Graveyard at
St Mary’s Church

Regulations and Conditions for the use of the Churchyard
This leaflet has been produced in order to answer any questions you may have concerning the rules and regulations in force at the Churchyard, with final consent lying with the Incumbent.
The following information has been produced by the Parish of Holy Trinity, Tarleton to assist you to understand the regulations governing the use of the Churchyard.
To whom it belongs:

The Churchyard is part of the property administered by the Rector, Churchwardens and Parochial Church Council of Holy Trinity, Tarleton, and its use is governed by the Churchyard regulations issued by the Chancellor of the Diocese of Blackburn.

Who may be buried:

Any person whose name is on the Church Electoral Roll of the Parish of Holy Trinity, or who dies within the Parish. Usually this means anyone who is resident, irrespective of denomination, who lives within the Parish of Tarleton. This applies also to the interment of cremated remains. The Rector and the Church Council may give permission for others to be buried, but the decision of the Parish Priest over this matter is final. The family of the deceased may have the ministrations of their own minister, but each burial must be recorded in the Burial Register of the Parish of Tarleton.

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 marble, synthetic stone, plastic, metal and terracotta. 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.


Rector: TBA

Churchwardens: Beryl Baldwin, 01772 812497
Don Crawford, 07815 820380