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Gap Road Cemetery
Gap Road
Wimbledon
London
SW19 8JA

Bus routes 156 and 439

About the cemetery

Situated on Gap Road, the cemetery opened in 1876, is approximately 20 years. It is run and maintained by Merton Council. The cemetery is open to residents and non-residents. It is also known as Wimbledon Cemetery.

  • We still have new graves available for: traditional, American casket and cremation remains burials.
  • The chapel has just been refurbished internally and externally.
  • There are toilets (including a disabled toilet) which are open during funerals.

All graves are dug for two interments. Graves can be dug deeper on request for an extra charge.

Types of grave available

New graves are available for traditional, American casket and cremation remains burials. The cemetery also has public graves.

Types of graves available leaflet

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Traditional graves

The grave is leased for 50 years or 75 years. A full memorial is allowed with a maximum size: 0.76 metre (two feet six inches) wide by 1.83 metres (six feet) in length.

Cremated remains grave

The grave is leased for 25 years or 40 years.. There is maximum of six interments per grave. This section allows a lawn headstone at the head of the grave with a garden space in front of the headstone.

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Garden spaces

We welcome garden spaces in front of the headstones of graves; the rest of the grave will be grassed over. Having a garden space is optional and if you decide to have one, the family and the grave owner are responsible for taking care of the space. If you decide not to have a garden space, we can turf over the area. The rest of the grave will be grassed over. We ask that this area remains clear so that we can maintain and cut the grass and areas around each grave.

If you would like a garden space for traditional grave,a lawn style headstones can be erected at the head of the grave which allows a garden space with a maximum size: 0.76 metre (two feet six inches) wide and 1.52 metres (five feet) length this is left for planting bedding flowers or small shrubs.

If you would like a garden space for a cremated remains grave, a lawn style headstones can be erected at the head of the grave which allows a garden space with a maximum size: 1.22 metres (four feet) wide by 0.46 metre (18 inches) in length. The rest of the grassed area must be kept clear at all times.

Restricted items on garden spaces

Our cemeteries in Merton are well kept thanks to the help from grave owners. To make sure that our cemeteries continue to be tranquil places to visit, we have to restrict the way graves are kept. There are some items that we ask grave owners and family members to refrain from placing on or around their grave space mainly for safety reason but also to ensure that our cemeteries are kept pleasant and attractive.

We do not permit

Fencing

Edging

Gravel

Glass-chippings

Glass-vases

Solar lights

Unfortunately, we have to remove these restricted items from graves so if you have any questions about the way you are maintaining your grave space, please feel free to contact our cemeteries team who will advise you.

Public graves

For people who do not want a private grave, we provide public grave spaces. Each grave accommodates four unrelated burial and the cemeteries service will decide who is to be buried in each grave. Because public graves are available to any person, the same grave can not be reserved for their family members.

People are welcome to arrange for a lawn style headstone to be added to a public grave with three lines of inscription for each burial. If we receive a request for a headstone, we will get in touch with each family who has a loved one buried in a public grave and ask for a contribution towards the cost of the headstone.

Although the cemetery does not purchase the headstone, it remains the property of the cemetery who coordinate any requests for inscriptions between the families whose love ones are buried in the public grave. Public graves do not have garden spaces, they are grassed over and kept clear so that we can maintained the grave and area around it.

Chapel

The chapel can be used prior to a burial in the cemetery. It is suitable for all faiths and beliefs. It has seating for 40 people and space for 10 standing. It also has a hearing induction loop and a music system. It pushchair and wheelchair accessible.

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Contact us

For interments and searches telephone 020 8545 3666

Cemeteries Office
Civic Centre
London Road
Morden
SM4 5DX

Tel: 020 8545 3666
Fax: 020 8545 3237
Email: cemeteries@merton.gov.uk

Maps and layout

Map and directions

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This page was last updated on Friday 2 December 2016

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