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Buying a Grave

We appreciate that during this difficult time, you will have to make important decisions about the cemetery and grave you want for the funeral. The following information will help you to make an informed choice on the option that is best for you. Normally a funeral director would help to make the necessary arrangements for buying a grave, although some people may want to make their own arrangements.

If you wish to make your own arrangements, you can organise this by directly contacting the Bereavement Services Office where staff are on hand to help you to make an informed choice on the options available.

There are eight cemeteries within the Borough of Kettering - although London Road Cemetery is now closed for 'new' graves 2nd interments and cremated remains burials can be accommodated in existing graves where space is available.

The cemeteries in the Borough have consecrated and unconsecrated sections;

Consecrated - the ground is blessed according to the rites of the Church of England and is normally used by those of the Christian faith.

Unconsecrated - the ground has not been blessed and includes plots for all other religious denominations such as Roman Catholic, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist, the ground may or may not be blessed at the time of interment by the minister officiating.

There are various types of graves available and they are:-

Lawn Sections - these are designed to be kept and maintained at no expense to the owner. The grave is turfed over and a headstone erected in the designated border with a stone base large enough to hold flowers or a wreath.

Traditional Sections - these are designed to allow the owners of the grave to erect a full memorial and surround on the grave after burial.

Meadowland Section - this option may not be suitable for those who wish to have a traditional memorial. The purpose is to create a sustainable meadowland area.

Muslim Burial Section - Rothwell cemetery has a dedicated section that has been laid out in conjunction with the Kettering Muslim Association


In the cemeteries that we manage, the lease period available for the purchase of the exclusive right of burial is 99 years. Residents of the Borough of Kettering can purchase the exclusive right of burial for a grave space.

If you would like to request a copy of our fees and charges or a copy of any of our cemetery regulations,  please e.mail Bereavement Services using the link below.

Please note that fees for non-residents of the Borough are charged at four times those fees listed.

Bereavement Services


Up Dated 10.02.2021