Interment in the Cemetery

The cemetery administration is performed by Maria McGwynn at the Town Hall. If you would like to discuss an interment in the cemetery, she can be contacted in person at the Town Hall (Monday to Friday 10 am to 4.30pm), by phone on 01494 774842 or by email to admin@chesham.gov.uk.

Our cemetery pages aim to provide a simple guide to our services. This information is also contained within our Guide to Chesham Cemetery (PDF, 1MB), which you can print out for further reference.

No interments can take place without written consent from the owner of the grave; this is the person named on the Exclusive Right of Burial.
 
Purchasing a Grave - Exclusive Right of Burial
The Exclusive Right of Burial is a deed of grant issued to a purchaser of a grave. The deed entitles the holder to determine who is buried in the grave and whether a memorial can be erected on the grave (subject to the Town Council’s specifications regarding memorials).
 
The Exclusive Right of Burial may be purchased when applying for an interment or for future use of a grave space for a period of 100 years. Grave spaces may be purchased by residents and non-residents of the town of Chesham.
 
The fees for non-residents of the town of Chesham will be double those of residents (download the Fees and Charges booklet for 2015-16 and for 2016-17, PDF, 28 KB) except where a resident has passed away in a nursing home or hospice outside the town, having moved in the previous 24 months.
 
At the end of the 100 year period of the Exclusive Right of Burial, the owner, or his/her heirs, shall have the choice of renewing that right subject to the rules and regulations in force at that time.

When the owner of a grave dies, they may be buried in the grave. It will then be necessary to transfer the ownership of the grave.
 
Transfer of Ownership

The transfer of the ownership of the Exclusive Right of Burial requires the approval of the Town Council, and will require the production of evidence as to the ownership of the Right and full details of the proposed new owner. Any such transfer of ownership must be recorded at the Town Hall and there is a fee associated with it.

A transfer of ownership will need to occur when the owner of a grave dies. Transfer of ownership is based on the wishes of the owner and will be based on their wishes as expressed in their Last Will and Testament, Probate, or Letters of Administration. If the owner did not leave a will, a transfer will be completed by Statutory Declaration and issued to the next of kin of the deceased. The Statutory Declaration will need to be signed and witnessed in front of a Commissioner of Oaths (for a small fee).

Whilst this may seem daunting, our experienced staff will be able to talk you through this process. This flow chart (PDF, 66KB) also helps to simplify the process. 

Follow these links to find out more about the interment procedure and the interment of cremated remains.