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Fern Lane Cemetery Courtesy of Phil Laybourne Fern Lane Cemetery Courtesy of Phil Laybourne

Fern Lane Cemetery, Fern Lane, Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 3SF


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The beautiful cemetery on Fern Lane is run and maintained to a high standard by Little Marlow Parish Council.

All burials and memorials are subject to the current cemetery regulations (please see above).

Interments can be arranged through a Funeral Director or with the Parish Clerk. To apply for an interment within a grave plot or to inter ashes at the cemetery please download the forms (found above), complete and return to Little Marlow Parish Council by email:  

A stonemason can apply for a memorial permit on behalf of the grave owner.  A memorial application form can also be found above. 

A limited amount of parking is available within the grounds and can be accessed via Fern Lane.  There is no toilet facility.

The Cemetery is open 7 days a week.  Daylight hours only.  We do not undertake any funerals at the weekend.

Please note:

Little Marlow Parish Council will allow interments from residents who are outside the parish, however our fees are tripled.  The increase in fee for non-parishioners is due to Little Marlow parishioners paying for the up keep of the Cemetery through their payment of the Little Marlow Parish Council precept (which forms part of the Council Tax).  Non-parishioners do not pay the precept and hence are charged increased fees.

Ownership of a grave - what does this mean? When buying a grave, it is important to understand what you are actually buying is the Exclusive Rights of Burial in a grave for a specified period of time. You are not buying the grave freehold: it is more like purchasing a lease. Little Marlow Parish Council retains ownership of the land at all times.

You have the right to:

• be buried in the grave or plot if space is available (includes cremated remains);

• authorise further burials in the grave where space is available or for the interment of cremated remains;

• place an inscribed memorial on the grave or give permission for an additional inscription to be added.

A grave owner is responsible for:

• ensuring the memorial is in a safe condition and pay for any repairs required.

Burial Law (Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977) states that no burial may take place in a grave and no memorial may be placed on a grave without the written permission of the grave owner during the period of the Exclusive Rights, excluding the burial of the grave owner. The Exclusive Rights may be renewed for a further term towards the end of the lease.

The Council’s Statutory Registers contain the details of the registered grave owners. It is important that grave owners keep safe their Deed of Grant as this is a legal document containing the grave details. The Council issues this document when the grave is first purchased and it should be produced for each burial. Possession of the Deed does not in itself signify ownership of the grave.

A situation often arises where registered owner(s) are deceased and other family members want to arrange a further burial to take place in the grave, or for an additional inscription to be placed on the memorial. In order for the burial or memorial request to proceed the exclusive right of burial needs to be transferred to the person(s) entitled to the rights.

Transfer of grave ownership - The grave owner can assign the Exclusive Rights of Burial, during their lifetime, to another individual on completion of an Assignment of Rights of Burial form.

The procedure for establishing grave ownership when the original owner has died depends upon whether there is a will.  Please refer to forms attached below.

It is very important to notify us of any change of address so that we can contact you regarding the cemetery or grave space.


Fern Lane Cemetery Courtesy of Phil Laybourne Fern Lane Cemetery Courtesy of Phil Laybourne