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Memorials

War memorials

It is important for grave owners to understand what and when a memorial can be placed on a grave. We also offer a range of memorials for those choosing cremation.

Why can't I have what I want on the grave?

It is important you select the cemetery and grave which will provide you with the type of memorial you require as regulations differ for different graves. Please visit the quick link above 'Buying a grave' for more details.

When will I be able to put a memorial on the grave?

Some areas of our cemeteries have continuous concrete foundations which were laid so that memorials could be erected on lawn graves almost immediately. We no longer provide these in new cemetery sections as these are expensive to install and not good for the environment. Where individual foundations are provided for lawn memorials ideally these will be situated on the un-dug ground at the head end of the grave. In these circumstances it is still possible to erect a memorial almost immediately. We recommend waiting for a period to give the ground time to settle and consolidate. During this period the cemetery staff will monitor any sinkage that becomes apparent and top up periodically with topsoil until settlement ceases. 

Why is a permit needed?

The written authority of the grave owner of the grave must be given on a permit application form before a memorial is erected. Memorials need to conform to cemetery regulations with regards to size and fixings, and the memorial also needs to be checked for stability. The cemetery staff will check this. You may ask your memorial mason for a workmanship guarantee or details of insurance.

You can download the permit application below:

Who may install a memorial on a grave?

All memorials must be installed to meet the British Standards for memorial masonry (BS 8415). 

Leicester City Council will only permit memorial masons who are accredited by the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) or the British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons (BRAMM) to install memorials in our cemeteries. You should only use accredited memorial masons to guarantee the quality and safety of the memorial to the above standard, and we recommend that you check that the mason is registered with NAMM or BRAMM accordingly. 

A list of local accredited memorial masons can be found below. Please note, Leicester City Council does not recommend or guarantee the work of any particular memorial mason and the list is only intended for contact information purposes.

Autumn Memorials

  • Unit 3, Sam Brown Ind Estate, Dog & Gun Lane,
    Whetstone, Leicestershire, LE8 6LJ
  • 07540 231503

Co-Op Central Memorials

  • 224 Charnwood Road, Shepshed, Loughborough
    LE12 9NR
  • 01509 507330

David C Barsby

  • 70 New Street, Newbold Verdon, Leicester,
    LE9 9NP
  • 01455 822222

De Montfort Memorials

  • 3 Brookbridge Court, Syston, Leicester, LE7 2JT
  • 0116 2601851

Dobson's Memorials

  • 114 Anstey Lane, Leicester, LE4 0FB
  • 0116 2627800

English Rose Memorials

  • 4 Hanford Way, Loughborough, LE11 1LS
  • 01509 235512

Fisher's Memorial Masons

  • 11 Highmeres Road, Troon Industrial Estate, Leicester, LE4 9LZ
  • 0116 2769404

Kevin J Sharman Masons

  • 24 Schofield Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 4QJ
  • 01509 551272

K Mitchell Memorials Ltd

  • Unit 2, 29A Selbourne Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1BS
  • 01509 265080

Neil Kirton Monumental Stonemason

  • 97 Hermitage Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 4PB
  • 07970 609970

Set in Stone

  • 33 Leicester Road, Blaby, Leicester, LE8 4GR
  • 01455 617929

W W Busby & Sons

  • The Old Mill Masonry Works, 279A Blaby Road, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 2BH
  • 0116 2863116


Who is responsible for maintaining the memorial on a grave?

The grave owner has a responsibility to maintain a memorial in a safe condition. If the grave owner fails to do this the cemetery staff may take action to make the memorial safe.

Inspection and maintenance

Cemetery staff carry out routine inspections of memorials in the cemetery and when one is identified as being unstable it might be cordoned off, laid flat or have a temporary support installed. We will write to the grave owner and it will be their responsibility to arrange repairs. If the memorial is under guarantee the memorial mason will be responsible for carrying out the repair at no extra cost. If the grave owner doesn't respond to the notice, the memorial may be laid flat and when the lease expires you will not be allowed to renew it until repairs are made. After further notification the memorial may be lawfully removed from the cemetery. You should insist that the memorial is erected in accordance with the NAMM Recommended Code of Practice and seek a guarantee from your memorial mason.

Memorial sizes

Memorial

Maximum overall memorial height including headstone/plate and base

  • Height: 1,220mm (48”) 
  • Width: 900mm (36”)
  • Depth (front to back): Minimum* 50mm slate, 75mm other stone

Memorial base

  • Must be smaller than the footprint of the foundation

Kerb set

Not permitted on lawn graves

  • Height: 150mm (6”)
  • Width: 900mm (36”)
  • Depth (front to back): Length* 2,130mm (84”)

Memorial foundation

Foundation must be set in the ground with the top edge level with the lowest part of the surrounding ground, unless fitted to existing concrete beam.

  • Height: Minimum* 75mm (3”)
  • Width: 900mm (36”)
  • Depth (front to back): 455mm (18”)

(Max 4ft coffin)

Memorial

Maximum overall memorial height including headstone/plate and base

  • Height: 760mm (30”)
  • Width: 600mm (24”)
  • Depth (front to back): Minimum* 50mm slate 75mm other stone

Memorial base

  • Must be smaller than the footprint of the foundation

Kerb set

Not permitted on lawn graves

  • Height: 100mm (4”)
  • Width: 600mm (24”)
  • Depth (front to back): 1,200mm (48”)

Memorial foundation

Foundation must be set in the ground with the top edge level with the lowest part of the surrounding ground, unless fitted to existing concrete beam.

  • Height: Minimum* 75mm (3”)
  • Width: 712mm (28”)
  • Depth (front to back): 455mm (18”)

Memorial

Maximum overall memorial height including headstone/plate and base

  • Height: 760mm (30”)
  • Width: 600mm (24”)
  • Depth (front to back): Minimum* 50mm slate 75mm other stone

Memorial base

  • Must be smaller than the footprint of the foundation

Kerb set

Not permitted on lawn graves

  • Height: 100mm (4”)
  • Width: 600mm (24”)
  • Depth (front to back): 600mm (24”)

Memorial foundation

Foundation must be set in the ground with the top edge level with the lowest part of the surrounding ground, unless fitted to existing concrete beam.

  • Height: Minimum* 75mm (3”)
  • Width: 600mm (24”)
  • Depth (front to back): 375mm (15”)

Memorial

  • Height: 300mm (12”)
  • Width: 300mm (12”)
  • Depth (front to back): 300mm (12”)

Memorial base

  • Must be smaller than the footprint of the foundation

Kerb set

Not permitted on lawn graves

  • Height: 100mm (4”)
  • Width: 600mm (24”)
  • Depth (front to back): 600mm (24”)

Memorial foundation

Foundation must be set in the ground with the top edge level with the lowest part of the surrounding ground, unless fitted to existing concrete beam.

  • Height: Minimum* 75mm (3”)
  • Width: 600mm (24”)
  • Depth (front to back): 375mm (15”)


Contact us

Write to us: Bereavement Services, Leicester City Council, Gilroes Crematorium, Groby Road, LE3 9QG
Ring us on: 0116 373 7327
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