Burial options

Apply to put up a memorial

You must ask us for permission to erect a full memorial.

Email the cemeteries team to request and interment form.

You must erect a full memorial on a concrete base or landing.

We will maintain the surrounding grass area at no expense to the grave owner.

We only allow full memorials in some sections of our cemeteries.

You can look at our fees for internments, exclusive rights of burial, memorials and grave maintenance. 

Bocking cemetery

Cemetery section Specifications
Full Kerb Section

Headstone maximum height; 4 feet 6 inches

Headstone base maximum height; 3 inches

Full kerb surrounds maximum size; 6 feet 6 inches by 2 feet 6 inches
Old cremation section Flat tablets maximum size 15 inches by 15 inches
New cremation section, upright headstone

Upright headstone including base maximum height; 24 inches

Headstone maximum width; 1 foot 6 inches

Headstone bases maximum width; 1 foot 9

Headstone bases maximum depth; 11 inches

Small kerb maximum external size; 21 inches by 21inches

Braintree cemetery

Cemetery section Specifications
Lawn section

Headstone maximum height; 3 feet 4 inches

Headstone maximum width; 2 feet

Small kerb maximum external size; 2 feet 6 inches by 21 inches
Full Kerb Section

Headstone maximum height; 4 feet 6 inches

Headstone base maximum height; 3 inches

Full kerb surrounds maximum size; 6 feet 6 inches by 2 feet 6 inches
Cremation section, upright headstone

Headstone including base maximum height; 24 inches

Headstone maximum width; 1 foot 6 inches

Headstone bases maximum width; 1 foot 9

Headstone bases maximum depth; 11 inches

Small kerb maximum external size; 21 inches by 21 inches

Halstead cemetery

Cemetery section Specifications
Full Kerb Section

Headstone maximum height; 4 feet 6 inches

Headstone base maximum height; 3 inches

Full kerb surrounds maximum size; 6 feet 6 inches by 2 feet 6 inches
Old cremation section Flat tablets maximum size 15 inches by 15 inches
New cremation section, upright headstone

Headstone including base maximum height; 24 inches

Headstone maximum width; 1 foot 6 inches

Headstone bases maximum width; 1 foot 9

Headstone bases maximum depth; 11 inches

Small kerb maximum external size; 21 inches by 21 inches

Witham Cemetery

Cemetery section Specifications
Full Kerb Section

Headstone maximum height; 4 feet 6 inches

Headstone base maximum height; 3 inches

Full kerb surrounds maximum size; 6 feet 6 inches by 2 feet 6 inches
Old cremation section Flat tablets maximum size 15 inches by 15 inches
New cremation section, upright headstone

Headstone including base maximum height; 24 inches

Headstone maximum width; 1 foot 6 inches

Headstone bases maximum width; 1 foot 9

Headstone bases maximum depth; 11 inches

Small kerb maximum external size; 21 inches by 21inches

All cemeteries

Cemetery section Specifications
Baby graves

Headstone including base maximum height; 2 feet 4 inches

Headstone maximum width; 1 foot 6 inches

Headstone base maximum width; 1 foot 9 inches

Headstone maximum depth 11 inches

Kerbs maximum depth; 3 feet 1 inch

Other information

You can use a photo plaque as part of your memorial.

You must include a copy of the photograph with your application form.

Photographs must be oval in shape with a maximum size of 13cm x 10cm including the frame.

You can only use natural stone memorials such as York stone, granite or marble for your memorial. You need to get permission from our cemeteries manager if you want to use concrete or other non-natural materials.

We check all inscriptions for accuracy and to make sure they don’t cause offence.

The stonemason must inscribe their name the grave number on the memorial.

If the stonemason is adding inscriptions to a memorial, they must also add the grave number if it is not already inscribed.

Stonemasons must contact our Cemeteries team to make arrangements to carry out any work.

You should allow between six and twelve months from the date of an interment to the erection of a memorial on a grave. This will allow the earth to settle.

Cemetery Services

Address: Unit 4
Lakes Industrial Park
Lower Chapel Hill
Braintree
Essex
CM7 3RU

Telephone: 01376 557772