Overview

Cemeteries

The London Borough of Bexley are responsible for the municipal cemeteries in the borough.

Bexleyheath Cemetery

Banks Lane
Bexleyheath
DA6 7BH

Bexleyheath cemetery was opened in 1879.

Burials

It is not possible to purchase new graves for burials but there is the Lodge Garden of remembrance and the Memorial Garden suitable for burial of cremated remains.

Remembrance plots and burial of cremated remains

Lodge Garden of Remembrance

  • suitable for up to two sets of cremated remains
  • remains interred in a numbered plot
  • black vase with gold writing on surface of the plot

The Memorial Garden

  • suitable for the burial of up to four sets of created remains
  • 30, 50 or 75 year lease for the plot with the option to renew lease on expiry
  • sloping desk ledger tablets with a book consisting of black, white or red granite

Memorial plaques

  • engraved plaques or flower vases placed on perimeter wall
  • leased for 10 years
  • plaques also available on the planter in the centre of the Lodge Garden of Remembrance

Erith Cemetery

Brook Street
Erith
DA8 1DY

Erith cemetery was opened in 1894.

Burials

Earthen graves for full burials are not available. There are a range of underground burial chambers, sarcophagi and above ground mausoleum plots overlooking parkland.

Burial of cremated remains

There are a number of options for the burial of cremated remains:

  • garden of remembrance plots are suitable for two sets of ashes. Permitted memorials are a vase or small tablet which can be ordered from a memorial mason
  • half plots are suitable for up to six sets of ashes. Permitted memorials are a full headstone which can be ordered from a memorial mason
  • the Half Moon garden is suitable for two sets of ashes. Permitted memorials are black vases ordered from the Council

Hillview Cemetery

Wickham Street
Welling
DA16 3NL

Hillview cemetery was opened in 1995.

Burials

The main part of the cemetery is for full-size graves suitable for up to two burials and six sets of cremated remains.

The Memorial Garden contains a range of underground burial chambers with a choice of memorials.

Burial of cremated remains

Sanctum vaults

  • the memorial garden comprises a series of small pre-cast vaults sunk into the ground
  • each can take two sets of cremated remains in caskets or other containers of a pre-set size
  • the vault is sealed with a flat marble stone, recessed to take an inscribed memorial tablet
  • a granite vase is fixed to the vault and is included in the overall costs
  • the graves and vaults are leased for a period of thirty years with the option to renew the lease on expiry

Shell Garden and Sundial

  • plots are suitable for up to two sets of cremated remains
  • a black granite vase purchased from the Council is placed on top of the grave

Sidcup Cemetery

Foots Cray Lane
Sidcup
DA14 4NS

Sidcup cemetery was opened in 1912.

Burials

The cemetery is closed for full burials; however, there is the option of burying cremated remains. Precast underground burial chambers are available for two or three interments.

Burial of cremated remains

There are a number of options for the burial of cremated remains:

  • Rose garden of remembrance plots are suitable for two sets of cremated remains
  • the memorial is a black vase with gold writing ordered from the cemetery office
  • half plots for half-size graves for the burial of cremated remains can be purchased on a lease basis for 30, 50 or 75 years

For further information email cemeteries@bexley.gov.uk.

Opening times

The cemeteries are open every day, winter (October to March) 9am to 4pm, summer (April to September) 9am to 6pm. The cemeteries are manned Monday to Friday, except bank holidays.

Cemetery services fees and charges 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
Description Charges for Residents Charges for Non-residents
New private grave 30 year lease £2,003 £5,355
New private grave 50 year lease £3,110 £8,500
New private grave 75 year lease £4,420 £12,075
New private half grave for cremated remains and children 0 to under 18 years 30 year lease £876 £2,310
New private half grave for cremated remains and children 0 to under 18 years 50 year lease £1,319 £3,658
New private half grave for cremated remains and children 0 to under 18 years 75 year lease £1,873 £5,198
Purchase in reserve (Hillview only) 30 year lease £2,356 £7,600
Purchase in reserve (Hillview only) 50 year lease £3,733 £12,000
Purchase in reserve (Hillview only) 75 year lease £5,304 £17,100
Extension to lease 10 year lease £612 £1,835
Extension to lease 30 year lease £2,003 £5,355
Extension to lease 50 year lease £3,110 £8,500
Extension to lease 75 year lease £4,420 £12,075
Purchase in Reserve - 30 year lease Sanctum Vault at Hillview £1,408 £4,988
Bexleyheath Memorial Garden 2’x 2’ 30 year lease £876 £2,310
Bexleyheath Memorial Garden 2’x 2’ 50 year lease £1,319 £3,658
Bexleyheath Memorial Garden 2’x 2’ 75 year lease £1,873 £5,198
Dig for one/two (adult) £1,264 £3,591
Dig for three/four (adult) £1,468 £6,269
Interment of cremated remains into private grave or garden of remembrance (adult) £370 £1,255
Grave at Hillview cremated remains (First set only adult) £1,264 £3,591
Interment of cremated remains for child 0 to under 18 years into a public or private grave No fee £455
Dig for child 0 to 3 months into public or private grave No fee £267
Dig for child 3 months to under 18 years into private grave (lease payable) No fee £655
Dig for child 0 to under 18 years public grave (no lease) No fee £655
Interment of adult (public grave only) £653 £2,564
Surcharge for casket £424 £1,575
Coffin exceeding 6’10 x 2’2 £404 £1,496
Use of chapel – Erith or Bexleyheath £157 £157
Saturday Burials (Adult interments only) Interment fee doubled Interment fee doubled
Transfer or copy of deeds £130 £130
Genealogy searches £70 £70
New vault (30 year lease) including interment, tablet and vase £2,276 £8,458
Replacement tablet after second interment £315 £315
Second interment £370 £1,255
Vases (Sanctum) £173 £173
Surcharge for late arrival to funeral (half an hour or more) £261 £261
Surcharge - coffin sizes not received at least 3 working days before interment £173 £173
Surcharge - wrong outside lid measurement given £181 £181
Surcharge - memorial not removed at least 3 working days before interment £173 £173
Surcharge for Saturday interment of child 0 to under 18 years £309 £309
Exhumation Standard Cost plus 20% Cost plus 20%
Exhumation Urgent Cost plus 20% + £720 Cost plus 20% + £720
Plaque on shared bench - all cemeteries £376 £376
GOR vase Bexleyheath, Erith, Hillview & Sidcup £424 £424
Plaque octagonal planter Bexleyheath £434 £434
Wall plaques Bexleyheath £382 £382
Purchase of plaque on sundial at Hillview and Erith (30 years) small £386 £386
Purchase of plaque on sundial at Hillview and Erith (30 years) medium £426 £426
Purchase of plaque on sundial at Hillview and Erith (30 years) large £557 £557

Memorial permits

All memorials at Hillview cemetery must be placed on concrete support bearers (2 or 3 No). It is advisable to use bearers at other cemeteries.

All fixes and re-fixes from April 2004 must employ the use of a mechanical fixing system.

Memorial permits prices from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
Description Charges for Residents and Non-residents
Placement of memorial exceeding 18”x 18” ( all lease lengths ) £315
Placement memorial not exceeding 18” x 18” £91
Replacement memorial (exceeding 18” x 18”) with or without additional inscription £131
Additional inscription on existing memorial £131
Placing of vase £91
Replacement vase or additional inscription on vase in garden of remembrance No fee
Minor works / cleaning / renovation of existing memorial £61
Renovation of existing memorial after safety check and letter from Council No fee
Placing of small memorial on common or public grave (approved by Council) £91

Private grave maintenance schemes

Private grave maintenance schemes prices from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
Description Charges for Residents and Non-residents
Full memorial grave plot (twice yearly planting) £187
Headstone only grave plot (twice yearly planting) £77
Supply & fit Wooden Surround (Hillview only) £107
“One off “grave tidy £34
Memorial vault light clean £34
Memorial vault / sarcophagus intense clean / large area £66

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 2020 to 31 March 2021
Description Charges for Residents Charges for Non-residents
Classic 900 Chamber (Stone) 50 yrs. Band A* £6,781 £14,672
Classic 900 Chamber (Stone) 75 yrs. Band A* £8,142 £19,493
Band B Design Hillview 50 years £7,136 £15,007
Band B Design Hillview 75 years £8,494 £19,725
Band C Design Hillview 50 years £8,787 £16,655
Band C Design Hillview 75 years £10,133 £21,476
Ground Level Four Chamber (Book and Granite) 50 years £15,586 £29,340
Ground Level Four Chamber (Book and Granite) 75 years £18,544 £39,846
Classic 900 With Large Under Landing (All Black Granite) Erith New Side 50 years £9,995 £18,230
Classic 900 With Large Under Landing (All Black Granite) Erith New Side 75 years £11,275 £23,000
Granite Mausoleum Plot 50 years £5,995 £7,995
Granite Mausoleum Plot 75 years £6,650 £9,345
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