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Memorialisation at Hastings Cemetery and Crematorium

Remembrance - Spring Flowers

During the autumn we can plant daffodil or crocus bulbs in the Cemetery and Crematorium grounds in memory of a loved one.  The daffodils and crocuses are the memorial - no plaques can be placed in these areas.

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Placement of Cremated Remains

Top Lawn, Garden of Remembrance

Memorialisation Top Lawn 

Although the lawn has no markers or memorials, a plaque can be erected on the Memorial Wall within the Rose Garden commemorating those named there.  Cremated Remains can only be placed in the garden loose.  The use of urns, caskets or other containers is confined to the cremated remains plots and graves in the cemetery grounds.

A grid reference and measurement system means we can find the correct location for the cremated remains of a spouse at a future date.  The Garden of Remembrance is a place of general remembrance and does not offer the focal point provided by a cremated remains plot.

Vase Lawn, Garden of Rest

This is suitable for the individual placement of cremated remains.  While the lawn has no markers or memorials, a Memorial Vase can be leased overlooking it.  The lawn and vases lie between two beds of the Rose Garden.  Cremated Remains can only be placed in the Garden loose.  Once again, the use of urns, caskets or other containers is confined to the cremated remains plots and graves in the cemetery grounds.  A grid reference and measurement system means we can find the correct location for the cremated remains of a spouse at a future date.  The Garden of Rest is a place of general remembrance and does not offer the focal point provided by a cremated remains plot.

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The Woodland Walk - a Natural Memorial

Memorialisation Walk


This natural copse lies between the upper and lower sections of the cemetery grounds.  The woodland plants and flowers are a living memorial to all whose cremated remains are placed there.  The first section, leading from OG to LE, can be used for the placement of loose cremated remains and will only be placed in this area on the understanding that the natural woodland setting is the only memorial required.

This is governed by the following regulations:

  1. To preserve the natural woodland setting, markers or memorials are not permitted in this area.
  2. We are encouraging the growth of native trees, shrubs and plants.  Additional planting cannot be permitted.
  3. Floral tributes may only be placed at the entrance to the walk in containers provided.
  4. The manager reserves the right to remove any item that is not consistent with the setting.

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Cremated Remains Plots

Cremated remains plots lie at various locations within the cemetery grounds.  These can accommodate up to four urns or caskets of cremated remains (more if initially requested).  The 'Rights' to these are purchased for a period of fifty years.  Memorials must be in the form of a headstone which can have up to two vases placed on or built in to the base.  A stone memorial vase is the only permissible alternative to this.  Plots are issued in sequential order of use.  This area is kept mown so nothing can be planted in or placed on these turfed plots apart from your memorial stone.

Rules of the Cremated Remains Plots

  • Headstones may be no more than 2 feet 6 inches (765cm) high or or more than 2 feet (610cm) wide.  The base cannot exceed 2 feet wide by 1 foot deep.  All materials should be at least 2 inches (50mm) thick.
  • The memorial may have up to two vases placed on or built into the base.
  • No permanent memorials of wood or metal are allowed.
  • There will be no garden plots and nothing may be planted in or placed on the turfed plot.
  • No kerbs or fences are allowed.
  • The repair or replacement of memorials remains the sole responsibility of the owner of the Exclusive Right of Burial.

Memorialisation Plot


The Council has the right of passage over all plots and may temporarily cover or remove a memorial, without notice, for any necessary purpose.  The Manager has the right, without notice to remove any items placed in the Cemetery in contravention of these rules.

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Memorial Vase and Tablet

These are available on lease for a period of 15 years.  Lying in the peaceful setting of our Garden of Rest, each vase block is made from natural material, quarried and worked to give a lasting base for your memorial tablet.  Flowers can be placed in your own personal vase.  The only proviso we make is that we reserve the right to take dead flowers out and dispose of them on your behalf so the displays are always fresh and beautiful.  By providing this memorial for you we hope that you'll have a personal place you can visit and place your floral tributes in remembrance.

Rules for Memorial Vase and Table

All rights to the ground and the marble vase remain vested in Hastings Borough Council.  This memorial site does not include a plot for the strewing/interment of cremated remains (cremated remains can be placed under the turf of an adjacent lawn by arrangement with the Manager)

Inscription Guidelines

  • The name on the inscription uses a larger type face than the remainder of the inscription and must not exceed fifteen letters and spaces per line.
  • Up to three lines can be used for names, however it this happens, line six cannot be used.
  • Lines not used for names may have a maximum of twenty smaller letters and spaces.

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Memorial Seats


A traditionally crafted bench seat with an inscription engraved into the back rail can be placed at one of over 200 designated locations within the grounds.  There are also a limited number of locations for woodland-style seats.  All seats are secured by anchor-straps into concrete foundations.  Care and maintenance of these seats is the responsibility of the applicant.

Terms of the Memorial Seat Scheme

  • All seats positioned at a designated location.
  • Only "Norfolk" and "Woodland" style seats accepted (apart from those received prior to 2001)
  • Inscriptions of not more than 30 letters shall be engraved directly into the memorial bench (plaques will only be acceptable on seats received prior to 2001)
  • All seats shall be secured by anchor straps in concrete foundations.
  • All seats are placed for a minimum period of 10 years (or when it becomes unsafe).
  • Seats found to be unsafe for any reason including vandalism will be removed.
  • Applicants shall be responsible for any maintenance.

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Memorial Plaques

Tree or Shrub Memorial Plaque


The Cemetery & Crematorium grounds contain many well established trees and shrubs which can be dedicated to the memory of a loved one.  Many of these have a small area around them which can be planted should you wish.  Plaques are initially dedicated for ten years followed by renewable periods of five years.  Additional plaques can be added at any time for an initial period equal to the unexpired period of your existing plaque.

They can then be rededicated for the same renewable five-year period with the existing plaque.  We're unable to offer any trees or shrubs in areas designated for the strewing of cremated remains.

Remembrance Room Panels


There are two types of memorial panel available within the Remembrance Room, an anodisedaluminium classic system plaque with white lettering and leather panels in either red or blue with gold tooledletters.  Both types of panel are housed in frames on the wall inside the Remembrance Room.  These are initially displayed for ten years followed by renewable periods of five years.

Bronze Memorial Wall Plaques


The Cotswold stone memorial wall is situated on the side of the Garden of Remembrance overlooking the whole Rose Garden.  The bronze plaques are held in frames on the wall with the whole garden dedicated to those remembered in this way.  Flowers in memory can be placed in the wrought iron stands in the garden or at the base of the wall.

Kerbstone Plaques


These metal plaques are fixed to the terracotta type kerbstone edging along each side of the approach road to the Garden of Remembrance.  The area immediately behind these is kept mown making it difficult for plants or vases to be placed adjacent to the kerbs.  This area is not designated for the strewing of cremated remains.

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Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance is held in four volumes - one for each three months of the year (January to March, April to June, July to September and October to December).  The volumes are forwarded six to eight weeks immediately prior to going on display for those months.  You should consider this when planning your entry in order that we receive your application in good time.  The date of entry is normally the date of death, however you are free to choose family dates such as birthdays or wedding anniversaries.


Only the surname and forenames name are entered on the first line and each subsequent line can only accommodate a maximum of 36 letters, figures and spaces.  Entries of five or more lines may be accompanied by a floral or other emblem.  There are examples in the leaflet but if you want a certain picture or preferred item the calligraphy team will be willing to include it.  The additional fees are listed in the enclosed price list.  All fees should accompany your application form.

The Book of Remembrance Room is open every day of the year for viewing of entries for the day.  It is often possible to view entries during normal office hours for a date other than the date which would be on view, but you should contact us in in advance.

Book of Remembrance Fees

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