Coronavirus: Latest information and advice 

Homebreadcrumb separatorBirths, Marriages and Deathsbreadcrumb separatorDeaths and Funeralsbreadcrumb separatorCemeteries

Cemeteries

COVID-19 update

In order to meet government guidelines regarding social distancing the number of people permitted to attend a burial or cremation is restricted to a maximum of 30. All attendees must observe social distancing.

You are permitted to visit the council's cemeteries but please observe social distancing whilst you are there.

 

Opening hours

Locations

Attending a funeral

Types of grave

Availability of graves and cremated remains plots

Garden of Remembrance 

Rules and Regulations 

 

Opening hours 

 January, November, December
 8am - 4pm

 February, October

 8am - 5pm

 March, April, September

 8am - 6pm

 May, June, July, August

 8am - 7pm

 These sites open at 9am on Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays and such other  days as may be appointed as   council staff  holidays.

 

Locations

1. Bentley Cemetery

Wolverhampton Road West​

West Midlands

WV13 2RN

 

2. Bloxwich Cemetery

Field Road​

West Midlands

WS3 3HU

 

3. James Bridge Cemetery

Cemetery Road​

West Midlands

WS10 8NA

 

4. North Walsall Cemetery

Saddleworth Road​

West Midlands

WS3 3XN

 

5. Ryecroft Cemetery

Coalpool Lane​

West Midlands

WS3 1QN

 

6. Streetly Cemetery & Crematorium

Little Hardwick Road​

West Midlands

WS9 0SG

 

7. Willenhall Lawn Cemetery

Bentley Lane

       West Midlands

WV12 4AE

 

8. Wood Street Cemetery

Wood Street​

West Midlands

WV13 1JY

 

Attending a funeral

  1. Anyone who has been in contact with someone with Covid-19, or who has Covid-19 themselves, has to self-isolate and cannot attend a funeral
  2. Anyone who is over 70 or who has underlying health conditions should be shielding themselves and should not attend a funeral
  3. You must practice social distancing measures at all times - please remain 2m away from everyone and follow all instructions issued by council employees
  4. Only members of the deceased’s household / close family should attend the funeral
  5. Attendances:

Streetly Crematorium

Social distancing must be observed by all attendees. To encourage this we have marked out ‘safe’ seats in each chapel at Streetly Crematorium. There will now be:-

• 10 seats in the East Chapel, and

• 15 seats in the West Chapel. ​

In addition, a maximum of 15 additional attendees can stand outside the chapel and listen to the service. Once again, 2m social distancing must apply. ​

Council cemeteries

A maximum of 30 attendees will be allowed to attend a burial. The attendees must observe social distancing and should be careful not to stand on other graves.

  1. It is the responsibility of each family to determine who the attendees will be
  2. Funeral services must not take more than 30 minutes
  3. Families must not touch the coffin at our premises – rather they should ‘blow a kiss’ or wave
  4. We are unable to accommodate requests to witness coffins being charged into the cremators or for families to backfill graves themselves
  5. Funeral attendees are welcome to film the service and make this available through media platforms as long as prior permission has been sought from the officiant and cemetery / crematorium staff

 

Types of grave

Traditional sections 

  • these sections are the ones which most people think of when they imagine a cemetery. 
  • they are typically found in old cemeteries and are distinguished by large memorials which often span the full length and width of the graves.
  • there are no new graves available on any traditional sections in Walsall council cemeteries however there are occasions when existing graves are re-opened to allow for the interment of a relative of the people who are buried in the grave. This can result in the installation of a new memorial which can make it seem as though the grave is a new one.

 

Lawn sections

  • these are sections where memorials of a set size are placed at the head end of the grave space. 
  • small items of memorabilia, such as vases, can be placed immediately in front of the headstone but must not spread over the length of the grave. The remainder of the grave space is grassed over.
  • all new full graves in Walsall council cemeteries are on lawn sections.

 

Baby sections

  • these are sections where small graves are available for the burial of babies and very young children. 
  • memorials and memorabilia can be placed along the full length and width of the grave space in these sections. 
  • to help preserve memorabila the new baby sections are topped with a layer of gravel. 

 

Muslim sections

  • the graves on Muslim sections are oriented in such a way that the deceased faces North-East.
  • full grave Muslim sections are laid out in the same way as the lawn sections, i.e. memorials of a set size are placed at the head end of the grave space. 
  • small items of memorabilia, such as vases, can be placed immediately in front of the headstone but must not spread over the length of the grave, the remainder of the grave space is grassed over.
  • Muslim baby sections are laid out in the same way as described for the baby sections above, i.e. existing sections are on grassed areas but new sections are topped with a layer of gravel.

 

Cremated remains sections

  • these sections contain small graves which can hold up to four sets of cremated remains. 
  • memorials of a set size can be placed at the head end of the grave space and small items of memorabilia, such as vases, can be placed immediately in front of the headstone, the remainder of the grave is grassed over.

 

Availablity of graves and cremated remains plots

New graves in Walsall are only available on lawn sections. 

 

New graves for full coffin burials are only available at:

  • North Walsall Cemetery
  • Streetly Cemetery
  • Willenhall Lawn Cemetery

 

Cremated remains graves are only available at:

  • Bentley Cemetery
  • Bloxwich Cemetery
  • James Bridge Cemetery
  • North Walsall Cemetery
  • Streetly Cemetery
  • Willenhall Lawn Cemetery

 

Kerbside ‘Bon Accord’ plaques are only available at:

  • Bloxwich Cemetery
  • Ryecroft Cemetery
  • Streetly Cemetery

 

Foley memorial vaults are only available at:

  • Streetly Cemetery

 

Bloxwich, Ryecroft, and Streetly Cemeteries have an area set aside as a Garden of Remembrance. These areas are large grass covered sections where cremated remains are scattered. They are communal areas, where large numbers of cremated remains are scattered, and therefore no memorialisation is permitted. There are designated areas in both locations where families and visitors can leave fresh cut flowers and/or festive tributes. All scatterings must be arranged with Walsall Council.