Blackburn With Darwen Council operates a mason registration scheme. Only masons who have satisfied certain conditions and are BRAMM registered are allowed to work in
council cemeteries. This is to ensure good working practice and secure fixing of memorials to safeguard cemetery visitors.
Please contact the council direct regarding maximum permitted sizes.
All new graves at Plesington and Darwen East cemeteries already have concrete plinths so headstones can be installed as soon as the burial has taken place.
For memorials at in existing graves, the headstone must be fixed with a ground anchoring system.
No kerb sets are allowed by the council as they impede mowing and can create a trip hazard.
Cemetery opening times in Blackburn With Darwen vary as follows:-
Pleasington & Darwen (Old & Eastern)
April to September 9am-9pm
October 9am to 8pm
November to March 9am-4pm
April to September 10am-830pm
October 10am to 8pm
November to March 10am-430pm
m to 8pm in October and 9am to 4pm November to March.
Grave purchases can be arranged via a funeral director or by contacting the council directly on 01254 202021.
Graves can be pre-purchased by completing a form and making advance payment. These forms are available from the council.
For permission to erecct a memorial, a council registered mason must send in a plan of the proposed memorial for approval. This should detail dimensions, type of
stone and inscription. There is a fee to pay for the right to erect a memorial.
The following rules and regulations are from the
Number of burials
Current ground conditions allow
for graves for 3 people at Darwen and graves for 2 people at Pleasington .
There is a woodland section
at Pleasington Cemetery which offers a natural form of burial.
- Graves are for one person only and are set in a circular pattern with six graves around a
- The body must not be embalmed and no varnish or preservative must be used on the coffin.
- No memorials are permitted on this section.
For further detail
please contact bereavement
Graves and land
When a new grave is purchased,
it is not the land that is purchased but the rights to have burials in that particular space.
Ownership of the land itself
remains with the Council and the Council retains the right to make rules and regulations to benefit all cemetery users.
The Council will top up any
grave that sinks within 12 months of a burial taking place, free of charge. After that, it is the grave owner's responsibility to maintain the space. You may wish to put some good top soil on the
grave in any case, as after a burial the grave may have a very sandy appearance due to the nature of the soil, particularly at Pleasington.
If you have purchased a new
grave, you will not need to wait. On the new sections at both Pleasington and Darwen Cemeteries, continuous concrete plinths are laid across each row so headstones can be fixed straight away.
The Council has no involvement
with church yards or burials that take place there. If you wish to arrange for a churchyard burial you will need to contact the vicar of the church.
Your funeral director will
arrange this for you, or you can contact us
You can also pre-purchase
graves. You will need to complete a form, available by contacting us and pay for the grave now.
There are different sections
in Blackburn with Darwen cemeteries according to religious denomination.
us to make arrangements to visit the cemetery, where a member of staff will show you the available sections.
You may choose only within the
row currently in use on any given section.
The cemetery rules state that
no edgings are permitted as they impede mowing and can create a trip hazard. This rule will be strictly applied on future new sections.
erect a memorial
Your memorial mason will need
to send in a plan of the proposed memorial, detailing dimensions, type of stone and inscription, to the Council for approval. There is a fee to pay for the right to erect a memorial. For further
detail please contact us.
All new memorials must now
conform to certain standards. A headstone must be fitted with a “ground anchor” by an approved memorial mason in order to permanently secure it in position so that it can not fall or be pulled
over. Any headstone that fails the safety test should be re-fixed by this method. You must not attempt to erect the memorial
Yes, provided that the mason is
registered with the Council. For further detail please contact bereavement services.
The Council operates a memorial
mason's registration scheme, whereby only masons who have satisfied certain conditions are allowed to work in Council owned cemeteries. This is to ensure good working practice and secure fixing of
memorials, to safeguard yourself and other cemetery visitors.
available to remember someone who has been cremated
- There is a book of remembrance in the crematorium.
- There is a memorial wall with the facility to place Lakeland slate plaques.
- Subject to availability, you may be able to purchase a memorial tree at Pleasington cemetery. These are also available in Darwen eastern cemetery.
- "Ash plots" are available for burial of cremated remains and may be marked with a headstone subject
to planning application and payment of fees. Contact us for details of all current schemes.
The number of benches allowed
in the grounds is limited.
You would need to identify an
area where you think a bench would be appropriate and contact us to make arrangements to meet the supervisor on site to discuss it with him.
You are not permitted to buy a
bench of your choosing. For health and safety reasons, benches available for public use must be of good and durable quality and for this reason, they can only be purchased through the
Under the provisions of the
Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, the Council has a duty to arrange for the funeral of any person who has died within its area where it appears that no person is making the appropriate