Darlington Borough Council manages and operates three cemeteries in Darlington

West Cemetery

Carmel Road North

The largest of the cemeteries, established in 1858. There is a cemetery chapel within the grounds, which can be used for services prior to a grave side committal. In addition to a war grave section, there are also two areas for those of Jewish faith.

West cemetery was awarded Green Flag [external link] from 2013 and 2014.

More information about West cemetery [external link]

North Cemetery

North Road

Situated off North Road and Thompson Street West, burials first took place here in 1874. There is a central monument located within the cemetery to show the area as a gift to the town from the Pease family.

In addition to sites for those of Church of England and Catholic faith, there is an area for those of Muslim faith.

East Cemetery

Geneva Road

The smallest of the Council run cemeteries, it first opened in 1928 and is situated off Geneva Road.

Bookings and burial times

All burial bookings are taken through the Cemetery Office. Burials take place:

Monday to Thursday 9 – 11:30am and 1:30 – 2:30pm

Friday 9 – 11:30am and 1:30 – 2:00pm

New purchase graves

If a new purchase grave is required, the applicant will be given the opportunity of meeting a cemetery officer at an appointed time to choose an available grave site. Alternatively we can allocate a site upon request.

Exclusive rights of burial are issued to the applicant(s) for a 50 year period which ensures the applicant is the only person who can decide who is buried in the grave and what type of memorial is erected.

Reopening a grave

If a grave is to be reopened for a new burial, it is necessary to obtain the permission of the original holder of the exclusive rights. If the original grave documents are lost, then some investigation must be made into where the rights are held and this must be achieved before the grave is opened for burial.

Cemetery maintenance

The grounds maintenance and grave digging within the cemeteries is carried out by our own dedicated team of staff.  All areas of the cemeteries are subject to a standard level of maintenance.

An annual grave maintenance scheme is in operation for traditional grave sites where there are options to plant, box hedge or soil the grave - there is an annual fee for this service.

Headstones and memorials

The headstone or memorial placed on a grave is always the property of the applicant. In order to arrange for a headstone or memorial to be sited, there is an application form to be completed with an approved stonemason. Only authorised masons are able to fix memorials within the cemetery as they have been vetted for their fixing method and hold the required public liability insurance.

Each memorial is tested for stability every five years. Those that fail the stability test will be temporarily supported by a clamp for six months allowing time for the grave owner to get it fixed - we will contact the grave owner where practicably possible. After six months the memorial will be tested again and if it fails, the headstone will be laid flat.

In the case of a headstone which has been clamped or laid flat, please use our list of authorised masonsUnder no circumstances try and re-erect the memorial yourself - this could result in serious injury to you or members of the public.

We understand how upsetting it can be for families to visit a grave and find their memorial clamped or laid flat. If you have any further questions or concerns please contact us.

Authorised masons

The memorial masons on this list have agreed to abide by the Cemetery rules and regulations under the control of this Authority to adhere to the Code of Practice issued by the National Association of Monumental Masons (NAMM) and have complied with all our registration requirements. Funeral Directors and any other person acting as an agent should ensure that their contracted mason is included before processing any memorial application.

This list shows those masons who are registered to carry out work within our Cemeteries, Darlington Borough Council does not recommend individual masons or accept any responsibility for their workmanship.

Grave owners are reminded that they own the memorial and are responsible for ensuring it remains in good repair.

Auckland Memorials 31 Tindale Crescent, BISHOP AUCKLAND, Co Durham  01388 662368
Bambridge Bros 223 Northgate, DARLINGTON 01325 463773
Borthwick Memorials Ltd 27 Burn Road, HARTLEPOOL,TS25 1PL 01429 223290
Cleveland Monumental Co 35 Market Street, FERRYHILL, Co Durham 01740 653340
Darlington Memorials 19 Inglewood Close, DARLINGTON, 01642 673590
J Rotherham Monumental Ltd Skiff Lane, HOLME ON SPALDING MOOR 01430 861047
Lords Monumental Works St Barnabus Road, MIDDLESBROUGH, Cleveland 01642 817303
Nelsons Sculptors 82 Victoria Road, DARLINGTON, 01325 464013
North East Granite Co Littleburn Industrial Estate, Langley Moor, DURHAM  01325 463203
RGR Memorials  4 Wold Farm Park, Broughton Road, OLD 01604 780044
Wm Allison & Sons Ltd 7 South Church Road, BISHOP AUCKLAND, Co Durham 01388 603245
Wm Scott & Son Ltd 21/22 Princess Road, SEAHAM, Co Durham 0191 5812329
D France Stonemasonry Ltd 5 Charnwood Drive, High Grange, DARLINGTON, DL3 0EG 01325 381966
Ian Wood Memorials 307A Hylton Road, Pallion, SUNDERLAND,
0191 5674290
Abbey Stonecraft Ltd Unit BT, 19/4 Bedesway Bede Industrial Estate, JARROW,
0191 4286775
H L Perfitt Limited Midland Road, North Walsham, Norfolk, NE28 9JR 01692 403344
E Rayner and Son 17 Castleford Road, Normanton, WF6 2DP
01924 896318
Memorials of Distinction 74 London Road, Apsley, Herts, HP3 9SD 01442 234974
Cherished Memorials Unit 2B, Burgh Station Yard, Station Road, Burgh-Le-Marsh, Lincolnshire, PE24 5ET 01754 881355
Rose Funerals 36 Cumberland Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS5 6HZ 01642 820795
H A Green and Sons 53 Blossomgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2AN 01675 602467
Twilight Memorials Unit 5, Robert Leonard Industrial Est, Stock Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 5QD 01733 244723
Fenland Stoneworks Limited 207 Broadway, Yaxley, Peterborough, Cambs, PE7 3NT 01702 603593
Teesdale Memorials Limited Unit 2 Harmire Enterprise Park, Barnard Castle, Co Durham, DL12 8XT 01833 695962
John Pickard & Sons White House, Aysgarth, Leyburn DL8 3AD 01969 663296
Dales of Thirsk Thirsk Industrial Park, York Road, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3NH 01845 522523
Steven R Wesson Royd Cottage, Royd Moor Lane, Hemsworth, Pontefract, WF9 5LR 01977 617868
Medani Memorials 154, Unit 1, Bradford Road, Dewsbury. WF13 2HA 01924 466771
Strettle Memorials Mooredge Road, Shiremoor, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE27 0HU 01912 533222


Family history or searches

We can assist in searches, but this work is not given priority and we require you to provide as much detailed information as possible to assist in the search. Microfilmed copies of the burial registers are available to view at the Local studies centre at Crown Street library.

Darlington register office also has a search facility on this website, which is useful to clarify the year someone has died.