Darlington Borough Council manages and operates three cemeteries in Darlington.
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.
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.
||The Oakstone Workshop, Aptece Industrial Estate, Darlington Road, West Auckland
||223 Northgate, DARLINGTON
|Cleveland Monumental Co
||35 Market Street, FERRYHILL, Co Durham
||19 Inglewood Close, DARLINGTON,
|Lords Monumental Works
||St Barnabus Road, MIDDLESBROUGH, Cleveland
||82 Victoria Road, DARLINGTON,
|North East Granite Co
||Littleburn Industrial Estate, Langley Moor, DURHAM
||4 Wold Farm Park, Broughton Road, OLD
|Wm Allison & Sons Ltd
||7 South Church Road, BISHOP AUCKLAND, Co Durham
|Wm Scott & Son Ltd
||21/22 Princess Road, SEAHAM, Co Durham
|D France Stonemasonry Ltd
||5 Charnwood Drive, High Grange, DARLINGTON, DL3 0EG
|Ian Wood Memorials
||307A Hylton Road, Pallion, SUNDERLAND,
|E Rayner and Son
||17 Castleford Road, Normanton, WF6 2DP
|Memorials of Distinction
||The Memorial Works, Southfields Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 3EP
||Unit 2B, Burgh Station Yard, Station Road, Burgh-Le-Marsh, Lincolnshire, PE24 5ET
||36 Cumberland Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS5 6HZ
|H A Green and Sons
||53 Blossomgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2AN
|Fenland Stoneworks Limited
||207 Broadway, Yaxley, Peterborough, Cambs, PE7 3NT
||154, Unit 1, Bradford Road, Dewsbury. WF13 2HA
||Mooredge Road, Shiremoor, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE27 0HU
|H L Perfitt Ltd
||Midland Road, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 9JR
||2 Charnwood Drive, Faverdale, Darlington, DL3 0EG
|Joseph Richmond & Son Memorials Ltd
||629 West Road, Denton Burn, Newcastle, NE15 7ER
|Dales of Thirsk Ltd
||Thirsk Ind. Park, York Road, Thirsk, YO7 3NH
|John Pickard & Son
||The Crofts, Aysgarth, Leyburn, DL8 3AH
||19/4 Bedesway, Bede Ind. Est. Jarrow, NE32 3EG
||188 Hylton Road, Sunderland, SR4 7YA
|Teesdale Memorials Ltd
||Unit 2 Harmite Enterprise Park, Barnard Castle, DL12 8XT