Burial graves

There are a number of choices when selecting a grave and cemetery

Erith cemetery

  • public earthen plots for adults (suitable for two interments of unrelated adults)
  • private earthen plots for babies or non-viable foetuses (suitable for one baby)
  • public earthen plots for babies or non-viable foetuses (babies will be buried with other non-related babies)
  • sarcophagi burial chambers (suitable for one to four interments)
  • mausoleum (suitable for one interment)
  • underground burial vaults memorial terrace (suitable for one to four interments). Some underground burial vaults also have room for cremated remains

Hillview cemetery

  • private earthen Muslim plots (suitable for one or two interments)
  • private earthen plots for all other denominations (suitable for one or two interments and six sets of cremated remains)
  • private earthen plots for babies or non-viable foetuses (suitable for one baby)
  • underground burial vaults memorial garden (suitable for one to four interments). Some underground burial vaults also have room for cremated remains

Sidcup cemetery

  • public earthen plots for babies or non-viable foetuses (babies will be buried with other non-related babies)
  • underground burial vaults memorial circle (suitable for one to four interments). Some underground burial vaults also have room for cremated remains

All private graves are purchased on a lease basis, the earthen graves offer 30, 50 or 75 years. The underground burial vaults, sarcophagi and mausoleum offer 50 or 75 years and the purchase fee include the first opening and memorial.

  • a deed of grant is issued to the purchaser (the owner) once the fees have been received and after the first interment has taken place
  • the fees for the graves are generally paid for on the purchaser's behalf by the Funeral Director
  • the owner of the grave is given the exclusive right of burial and only they can give permission for a burial to take place or a memorial to be fitted
  • the owner has the automatic right to be buried in the grave (space permitting)
  • after the internment of the owner, no further burials or memorial works can take place (with the exception of the deceased owner's name being added to the existing memorial) until a new grave owner has been registered

Public graves are owned by the Council and there will be unrelated persons buried. As there are no individual rights to the grave the cost is much lower than a private grave.

Extending grave leases

An extended lease provides the choice of exclusive rights of burial for a longer period than the established 30 years.

The benefits of purchasing a longer lease include:

  • an inflation-proof fixed charge
  • peace of mind for families and relatives for many additional years

Families who have an existing grave in Bexley also have the chance to extend their existing lease for set periods of 10, 30, 50 and 75 years. However, a revised lease period may not exceed 100 years in total.

For further assistance and full details of the prices, telephone the Cemeteries office on 020 3045 4100 or email cemeteries@bexley.gov.uk.

Burial vault and mausolea fees and charges

All of the prices include the first interment/opening fee and the primary memorialisation. The below-ground burial chambers raised sarcophagi and mausoleums may be purchased for immediate use or in advance for future interment.

 

Burial vault and mausolea fees and charges from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
Description Charges for Residents Charges for Non-residents
Classic 900 Chamber (Stone) 50 yrs. Band A* £6,917 £14,965
Classic 900 Chamber (Stone) 75 yrs. Band A* £8,305 £19,883
Band B Design Hillview 50 years £7,279 £15,307
Band B Design Hillview 75 years £8,664 £20,120
Band C Design Hillview 50 years £8,963 £16,988
Band C Design Hillview 75 years £10,336 £21,906
Ground Level Four Chamber (Book and Granite) 50 years £15,898 £29,927
Ground Level Four Chamber (Book and Granite) 75 years £18,915 £40,643
Classic 900 With Large Under Landing (All Black Granite) Erith New Side 50 years £10,195 £18,595
Classic 900 With Large Under Landing (All Black Granite) Erith New Side 75 years £12,275 £23,460
Granite Mausoleum Plot 50 years £6,176 £8,155
Granite Mausoleum Plot 75 years £6,851 £9,532
Double Burial Vault (All Black Granite) Chapel Crescent Erith Old Side, 50 years £10,995 £19,230
Double Burial Vault (All Black Granite) Chapel Crescent Erith Old Side, 75 years £12,275 £24,000

*Band A Hillview, Stone Classic 900 Erith New Side