Memorials in Churchyards

Churchyard Regulations

The Chancellor of the Diocese has issued Regulations concerning churchyards and Gardens of Remembrance.

These regulations include details of:

  • Memorials which may be authorised by incumbents without a faculty under delegated powers from the Chancellor
  • Memorials for which a faculty is required
  • Designs and features not permitted
  • Flowers
  • Gardens of Remembrance (creation of, memorial plaques, and re-use)

The full set of Regulations can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. Alternatively, shorter summary notes for Clergy and Families have been produced, and are also accessible from this page.

Introducing a Memorial

If you wish to apply to install a memorial that is entirely consistent with the Regulations, you should complete the form "Application form to introduce a memorial" and then send it to the local priest of the churchyard concerned.

If your proposed memorial is not consistent with the Regulations, you should use the "Memorial Petition form" (regrettably the Online Faculty System cannot be used for memorial applications) and send it, accompanied by the statutory faculty fee of £311.20 (cheques payable to Rotherham and Co), to:

Diocesan Registrar
Rotherham and Co
8 & 9 The Quadrant

Tel: 024 7622 7331

Reservation of a grave space (for burial)

If you wish to reserve a gravespace in a churchyard, you should complete the "Reservation of gravespace" application form and send it to the Diocesan Registrar (see address above).

Gardens of Remembrance

Any PCC wishing to create or extend a Garden of Remembrance should read the relevant section in the Churchyard Regulations and then make an application for Informal Advice or a Faculty using the Online Faculty System.

Please note that applications should include details of where the Garden of Remembrance will be located (or extended to), how it will be demarked, details of the Book of Remembrance that will be in the church (and where it will go and its display case), and whether there will be a marker stone (and, if so, details of its type, size, location and inscription).


A Churchwarden's Guide to the DAC 2021

Churchyard Regulations

Pastoral leaflet for burials (pdf)

Pastoral leaflet for burials (Word)

Memorials Guidance (Clergy)

Memorials Guidance (Families)

Application for a memorial (consistent with Regulations)

Petition for Memorial (Word)

Application to reserve a grave space (word)

Churchyard Plan and Record Regulations

Guidance Note: Re-use of a grave space

Guidance Note: Churchyard Maintenance and Safety

Caring for Historic Graveyard and Cemetery Monuments (English Heritage)

Memorial safety in local authority cemeteries (Ombudsman)

Memorial Testing

Burial Law Changes Jan 2015

Application for the Disinterment of Human Remains (Word)

Application for the Disinterment of Human Remains (Pdf)

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