Darlington Borough Council manages and operates three cemeteries in Darlington.
- West cemetery
- North cemetery
- East cemetery
- Bookings and burial times
- New purchase graves
- Reopening a grave
- Cemetery maintenance
- Headstones and memorials
- Family history or searches
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.
- West cemetery plan and public routes [pdf document]
- More information about West cemetery [external link]
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.
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.
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. 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 masons. Under 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.
The memorial masons on this list have agreed to abide by the Cemetery rules and regulations under the control of this Authority for example, West, North and East Cemeteries, Darlington, 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.
The Council carries out memorial safety checks and any memorial found to be unsafe or dangerous would result in remedial action and the owner being notified.
|Watson Memorials||82 Victoria Road, Darlington, DL1 5JG||07742 961770|
|Bambridge Bros||223 Northgate, Darlington, DL1 1UF||01325 463773|
|Darlington Memorials||19 Inglewood Close, Darlington, DL1 2TX||01642 673590|
|D France Stonemasonry Ltd||5 Charnwood Drive, High Grange, Darlington, DL3 0EG||01325 381966|
|Lords Monumental Works||St Barnabus Road, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS5 6AZ||01642 817303|
|North East Granite Co||Littleburn Industrial Estate, Langley Moor, Durham, DH7 8HJ||0191 3780555|
|RGR Memorials||4 Wold Farm Park, Broughton Road, OLD, NN6 9RH||01604 780044|
|Wm Allison & Sons Ltd||7 South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL14 7LB||01388 603245|
|Wm Scott & Son Ltd||21/22 Princess Road, Seaham, Co Durham, SR7 7TB||0191 5812329|
|Ian Wood Memorials||307A Hylton Road, Pallion, Sunderland, SR4 7SL||0191 5674290|
|E Rayner & Son||17 Castleford Road, Normanton, WF6 2DP||01924 896318|
|Cherished Memorials||Unit 2B, Burgh Station Yard, Station Rd, Burgh-Le-Marsh, Lincolnshire, PE24 5ET||01754 881355|
|Rose Funerals||36 Cumberland Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS5 6HZ||01642 820795|
|Fenland Stoneworks Limited||207 Broadway, Yaxley, Peterborough, Cambs, PE7 3NT||01733 244723|
|Auckland Memorials||The Oakstone Workshop, Aptece Industrial Estate, Darlington Road, West Auckland, DL14 9PD||01388 662368|
|Dales of Thirsk Ltd||Thirsk Ind. Park, York Road, Thirsk, YO7 3NH||01845 522523|
|John Pickard & Son||The Crofts, Aysgarth, Leyburn, DL8 3AH||01969 663296|
|Abbey Memorials||19/4 Bedesway, Bede Ind. Est. Jarrow, NE32 3EG||0191 4286775|
|Murray Memorials||188 Hylton Road, Sunderland, SR4 7YA||0191 5641937|
|Teesdale Memorials Ltd||Unit 2 Harmite Enterprise Park, Barnard Castle, DL12 8XT||01833 695962|
|Memorials For You||Unit 4 Ashvale Workshops, Ashvale Road, Tuxford, Notts NG22 0JY||07825 419044|
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.