Please contact the Revd. Rachel Rosborough if you would like to discuss the possibility of arranging a funeral in the Burial Ground.
Information on the Burial Ground and Memorial Garden
St Mark’s Church is pleased that you are interested in using our beautiful rural Burial Ground and we hope this leaflet will help you with the decisions you have to make.
The Burial Ground which includes the Memorial Garden is situated outside the City boundary on the south-east side of Barton Road, the A603, about 500 yards south west of exit 12 the M11. It is marked as Cemy (short for Cemetery) on the map below.
The Burial Ground and the Memorial Garden can be used for any resident of the parish, anyone with a strong connection to the parish, anyone who dies in the parish, or anyone else with special permission from the vicar, regardless of faith. First contact should be made with the vicar direct or through your funeral director.
The Burial Ground is open daily during the daylight hours. There is off road car parking.
The Burial Ground can be used for burials in a plot allocated by the Sexton (the keeper of the Burial Ground).
There are Diocesan Regulations which cover the dimensions and material of the headstone. Hard surrounds or kerbs are not permitted so that mowing is made easier. The wording on the headstone has to be agreed by the vicar. Local monumental stone masons will help you with all of this and the completion of the Application Form which is required and which they hold. You may use another stonemason if you prefer.
If you have a special reason for wishing to go beyond the Diocesan Regulations you can apply for special permission, a Faculty, from the Chancellor of the Diocese in London. A different Application Form is required for this which you can obtain from the Secretary of the Diocesan Advisory Committee at the Diocesan Office, Bishop Woodford House, Barton Road, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4DX, Tel.01353 652729.
The Diocesan website is www.ely.anglican.org
Planting on graves
Small plants such as bergenia, sedum or daffodils can be set on the grave but not shrubs or trees.
The Memorial Garden
The Memorial Garden can be used for the burial of ashes with either an inscription of name and dates carved on the Memorial Wall or an inscribed plaque laid horizontally over the site. Inscriptions on the Memorial Wall are arranged by the Sexton and are carved by Messrs Ivett and Reed.
Plaques must be 18 inches square and 2 inches in depth and made of York or Portland stone. The wording on the plaque must be agreed by the vicar. A monumental stone mason will make the plaque for you. The Sexton will allocate the site for the plaque. Plaques can also be laid to commemorate those with a connection to the parish who were buried or cremated elsewhere.
We hope that you will be able to look after your grave, but we appreciate that this is not always possible. If you do, we would appreciate it if you would take away any refuse as otherwise a volunteer has to remove it. Water is available in butts.
A wild flower meadow is being developed at the south end of the Burial Ground. This will be developed and maintained by volunteers. Volunteers also carry out the general maintenance of the Burial Ground with the exceptions of leaf clearance and regular grass cutting which is undertaken by a contractor.
Fees and Charges
Fees for burials, the erection of monuments and the laying of plaques are covered by a scale set by the Church of Engalnd. The 2015 fees may be viewed by this link. The current fee list is always available on the noticeboard in the Narthex at St Mark’s Church.
The cost of maintaining the Burial Ground and the Memorial Garden far exceeds the income from fees and charges and of course St Mark’s guarantees to maintain both facilities in perpetuity.
If you would like to make a donation towards these costs this would be welcome. Please contact the Sexton or Church Administrator ( see the Further Information section below).
The creation of a wild flower meadow at the south end of the burial ground will need continued management and any donation towards this would be most welcome. For an expert view of the wildflower meadow, see the article in September 2017 SEEK.
If needed, can be obtained from the Sexton or the Church Administrator
Monumental Masons who have worked in our Burial Ground and Memorial Garden
Hibbitt and Sons,
128 Victoria Road, Cambridge, CB4 3DZ
Tel. 01223 657370
Ivett and Reed,
615 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8PA
Tel. 01223 213500
The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop,
152 Victoria Road, Cambridge, CB4 3DZ
Tel. 01223 362170
Spring flowers at the Burial Ground 2017
Spring flowers at the Burial Ground 2017
August 2016, Scything and Haymaking at the Burial ground:
With special thanks to Sexton, Chris Wagner and his team of helpers.