Rossendale Borough Council in Lancashire has four cemeteries. All of them are more than one hundred years old but remain open for new burials.

The first of these to open was Bacup Cemetery in 1862, which is spread over seventeen acres. Slightly larger than Bacup at seventeen acres is Rawtenstall Cemetery, which opened in 1877. Whitworth Cemetery opened two years later in 1879 while the youngest and smallest is Haslingden. This covers just six acres and opened in 1902.

There are no crematoria in Rossendale but the neighbouring boroughs of Burnley, Hyndburn and Rochdale can offer this service to Rossendale residents.

The four Rossendale cemeteries have sections for Church of England, Nonconformist and Roman Catholic burials. There are dedicated Muslim sections in Haslngden and Rawtenstall. Plots for both regular burials and cremated remains are available in all of them. With the exception of Bacup, the cemeteries have small chapels for hire that seat between forty and fifty people.

If you do not want to purchase a plot for cremated remains there are other options available in the Rossendale cemeteries. Bacup and Rawtenstall have a limited number of colonnade chambers that can hold up to four caskets. At Haslingden there is a garden of remembrance where ashes can be scattered.

Alberti, Lupton & Co are Greater Manchester’s longest oldest family run memorial masons. We also cover parts of Lancashire, including Rossendale and can visit you at your home to discuss your memorial requirements. We can show you examples of headstones and ornamentation that are available, as well as advising on inscriptions and imagery in respect of what works best with different materials. Following the visit we will provide you with a written quotation under which you are no obligation to buy. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a visit and we will be happy to help.