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Funeral costs for Christchurch Cemetery

Fees and charges for Christchurch Cemetery for 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Opening hours

Christchurch Cemetery is located in Jumpers Road. The cemetery office is at the Civic Offices, Bridge Street.

1 April to 31 May9am - 5.30pm
1 June to 30 September9am - 7.30pm
1 October to 31 March9am - 4.30pm

Funeral costs 

If the deceased person wasn't a resident of Christchurch, burial costs are doubled. If they were a resident of Christchurch and left less than two years ago, the standard cost applies.




Stillborn or up to one month oldNo charge
Child between one month and 12 years£138
Adults or over 12 years old:
At 5 feet depth£411
At 7 feet depth£447
At 9 feet depth£503

Cremated remains in casket (at 4 ft)


Ashes: not in casket interred below surface (not scattered)


Cremation graves



Purchase of grave and first burial£412
Additional burials of caskets (up to 4)£101

Use of chapel



Use of chapel for service£51

Purchase of right of burial

Exclusive right of burial for 50 years in earthen grave.



Child's grave (up to age 12)£194
Adult unselected lawn£437
Adult selected (part of old cemetery)£825
Pre-purchase premium or reservation fee£76
Other search hourly rate£35 inc VAT

Headstones and memorials

Memorials can be erected on graves which have exclusive rights of burial.

You must get permission from the council before you erect a memorial.

Contact us with exact details of the construction of the memorial, the method of erection and the inscription. See the  Christchurch Cemetery Regulations (pdf, 121kb) (opens in a new window) for more information.

Costs for permission to erect memorials are as follows:



Flat stone, not enclosed by kerb or border and not exceeding 7ft by 3ft (2.1m by 0.9m)£192

Headstone, foot stone, cross or book memorial etc

Kerbstones or border stones enclosing a space and not exceeding 7ft by 3ft (9m by 2.1m)  £123
Kerbstones or border stones exceeding size as in (iii), a fee is payable for each additional space£103
To add additional inscription to existing memorial£47
Vase not exceeding 1ft (300mm) in height£39

Certificates and record searches

We hold records of burials at Christchurch cemetery dating from 1 January 1858. There is a charge for searching the records:



Copy of deed of grant£35 inc VAT
Copy of page in burial register£35 inc VAT
Search with a definite date

£35 inc VAT

Search with no definite date

£58 inc VAT

Other search hourly rate£35 inc VAT

Public Health funerals

We have a responsibility under Section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 to make arrangements and pay for Public Health funerals in certain circumstances:

  • when someone dies without making a will and appointing an executor, and
  • when the council does not think there are any relatives or friends willing or able to make the funeral arrangements

The cost of the funeral is normally paid for using funds from the deceased person's estate (the belongings owned by that person). The council will only arrange and pay for a funeral if no one else is willing to do so.

Contact Public Health (Christchurch and East Dorset Councils) for more information.

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