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Choosing a grave

Within our three working cemeteries, there are different types of graves available. Gap Road Cemetery has traditional graves while London Road Cemetery and Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery have lawn graves. This page explains the differences between these grave styles and where they are located.

See also: Ownership of the Grave Space

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New graves available

View of the cemetery

London Road Cemetery and Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery have new graves available these can only be purchased at the time of a burial.

Gap Road Cemetery still has new graves available.  Gap Road Cemetery also has a number of new graves available to purchase in reserve.  For more information on purchase in reserve graves please see the web page Gap Road Cemetery Purchase In Reserve Graves.

Church Road Cemetery has no new graves available.

Types of graves available

lawn graves

Lawn graves

Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery and London Road Cemetery are now only providing lawn graves and cremation remain graves. Memorials are restricted to headstones only, which are fixed onto a concrete beam that runs alongside the head of each row.  

This type of grave allows for ease of visiting without having to walk in-between full memorials. Although only headstones are permitted, we welcome individual choice regarding type of stone and inscription.

Merton and Sutton Cemetery lawn graves

Cremated remains grave

These are of the same style as lawn graves and are available at London Road Cemetery, Gap Road Cemetery, Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery. The grave is leased for 25 years. A maximum of 6 interments per grave is allowed. A headstone is allowed at the head of the grave.

Garden spaces sizes permitted on lawn and cremation remains graves

grave garden spaceWe do welcome garden spaces in front of the headstones. With a maximum size of 1.22 meters (4 feet) in width by 0.46 meter (18 inches) in length. A garden space in front of the headstone will be left for individuals to plant.

The grave owner is responsible for the planting and upkeep of the garden. If the garden is left un-kept, it will be grassed over.

Please note the following are not allowed: any type of fence/edging, any type gravel/glass chippings on or around the garden space/grave. We will remove these items if found on the graves.

Public graves

Public graves

These are available at London Road Cemetery and Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery. These are lawn sections. We will organise a headstone and an inscription if requested, however there is a charge for this. No garden spaces are allowed. There are no memorial rights with public graves.

Traditional graves at Gap Road Cemetery

traditional gravesThese are only available at Gap Road Cemetery. This allows a full memorial with a maximum size of 0.76 meter (2 feet 6 inches) in width by 1.83 meters (6 feet) in length.

Alternatively a lawn style headstone can be erected at the head of the grave, which then allows a garden space with a maximum size of 0.76 meter (2 feet 6 inches) in width by 1.52 meters (5 feet) in length; this is left for planting bedding flowers or small shrubs.

The grave owner is responsible for the planting and the upkeep of the garden space.

Please note the following are not allowed: any type of fence/edging, any type gravel/glass chippings on or around the garden space/grave. We will remove these items if found on the graves.

semi lawn grave

Semi lawn graves at Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery

There are a limited number of these graves available.  These allow a headstone at the head of the grave with a garden space with a maximum size of 0.76 meter (2 feet 6 inches) in width by 1.52 meters (5 feet) in length; this is left for planting bedding flowers or small shrubs.

The grave owner is responsible for the planting and the upkeep of the garden space. If the garden is seen to be left un-kept, it will be grassed over.

Please note the following are not allowed: any type of fence/edging, any type gravel/glass chippings on or around the garden space/grave. We will remove these items if found on the graves.

Grave preparation

We dig all graves to an industry standard code of safe working practice.

Please note that in the future, perhaps a week or even years away, we will need to excavate the grave at the side or foot of the grave you have purchased or attend. We may have to place boards over the grave and if required, a soil box. After the funeral we clean the grave and leave the area as neat as possible.

Information leaflets on grave types

Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery (11kB)

London Road Cemetery (42kB)

Gap Road Cemetery (41kB)

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Contact us

Cemeteries Office
13th Floor
Civic Centre
London Road
Morden
SM4 5DX

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

This page was last updated on Thursday 17 April 2014