Cemetery services

Borough cemeteries

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea owns and manages two cemeteries at Gunnersbury and Hanwell:

Gunnersbury Cemetery

 

Founded in 1929, Gunnersbury Cemetery is situated adjacent to Gunnersbury Park and occupies approximately 8.9 hectares of land. 

The main office covering both of the borough's cemeteries is located here. There are toilet facilities and car parking spaces for 45 cars. The cemetery also contains a chapel which has an induction loop fitted, an electric piano organ and a selection of suitable CD music for services. A Garden of Remembrance affords the interment of cremated remains.

The cemetery entrance drive is lined with displays of colourful flower tubs and floral bedding arrangements, including flowering shrubs such as camellias and roses along the side walls.

Address and contact details

 

Hanwell Cemetery

 

Founded in 1855, Hanwell Cemetery is approximately 7.7 hectares in size and generously planted with coniferous and deciduous trees, including holly and yew, which also line the entrance drive.

Address and contact details


Cemetery services

The Cemeteries Division aims to provide a sensitive and a caring service to users of the cemeteries, including:

  • administration and organisation of burial arrangements
  • attendance at interments
  • ensuring compliance with the associated legal requirements and Burial Codes of Practice

A 'maintained grave' service is also available for seasonal planting and maintenance of graves and covers:

  • the sale of grave spaces for future use
  • the issue of permits for the erection of monuments
  • the transfer of grave ownership and grave spaces

Cemetery Office

In light of current Government advice, the office has been closed to members of the public. All enquiries should be made via telephone, 020 8992 2924, or email cemetery.office@rbkc.gov.uk. The office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. The office is closed on weekends and Bank Holidays.

Visiting cemetery grounds

Our cemeteries remain open to the public. We ask visitors to remember the importance of social distancing, and to follow the rules regarding no mass gatherings. Please continue to respect the personal space of others within the cemetery grounds.

Cemetery opening hours

The cemeteries' grounds are open to visitors from 9am daily. Closing times vary according to season:

Opening hours Mondays to Saturdays Sundays (and Bank Holidays)
January, November and December 9am - 4.30pm 9am - 4.30pm
February, March and October 9am - 5.30pm 9am - 5.30pm
April, May and September 9am - 7pm 9am - 6pm
June, July and August 9am - 8pm 9am - 7pm

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day: 9am to 4.30pm.

Fees and charges

Interment Fees

 

Public Grave (Gunnersbury Cemetery only)

Includes cost of shared headstone

  Resident Non-resident
Still-born/infants to 30 days  214.00 214
Child up to 12 years  978.00 1956
Person exceeding 13 years  1955.00 3910

Private Grave (Gunnersbury / Hanwell cemeteries)

  Residents Non-resident
Still-born/infants to 30 days 214.00 428.00
Child up to 12 years 978.00 1956.00
Person exceeding 13 years 1955.00 3910.00
Coffin longer than 6'9" and/or wider than 29" 2446.00 4892.00
Casket ( any size) 2446.00 4892.00
Additional fee outside 1 0am-4pm M onday - Friday 275.00 275.00

Ashes Grave 

  Resident Non-resident
Single interment 388.00 777.00
Double interment 582.00 1165.00
Triple interment 777.00 1553.00
Private grave space prices - Gunnersbury cemetery

 

Standard grave 7'x3'

Pathside
  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment  3111.00 6222.00
For 2 interments 2952.00 5902.00
For 3 interments 2789.00 5577.00
Non-pathside
  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment 2331.00 4666.00
For 2 interment 2213.00 4425.00
For 3 interment 2091.00 4182.00

Small grave 6'6"x2'6"

Pathside
  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment 2282.00 4563.00
For 2 interment 2161.00 4321.00
For 3 interment 2039.00 4079.00
Non-pathside
  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment 1518.00 3034.00
For 2 interment 1468.00 2935.00
For 3 interment 1386.00 2771.00

Ashes grave 3'x2'

  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment (maximum 4 caskets) 659.00 1318.00
Private grave space prices - Hanwell cemetery

 

Small grave 6'6" x 2'6"

Pathside
  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment 1165.00 2330.00
For 2 interments 1107.00 2213.00
For 3 interments 1044.00 2088.00
Non-pathside
  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment 932.00 1864.00
For 2 interments 890.00 1781.00
For 3 interments 837.00 1675.00

Private grave "In Readiness"

Small grave 6'6" x 2'6"

  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment 1748.00 3498.00
For 2 interments 1661.00 3322.00
For 3 interments 1569.00 3136.00
Non-pathside
  Resident Non-resident
For 1 interment 1399.00 2800.00
For 2 interments 1336.00 2671.00
For 3 interments 1257.00 2512.00
Memorial permits

 

Gunnersbury and Hanwell cemeteries

  Resident Non-resident
Garden of remembrance  116.00 233
Small / Standard grave  243.00 483
Large / Double grave  348.00 694
Additions / Alterations to existing masonry  118.00
Additional inscriptions  66.00 133
Renovations / Lift and level  F.O.C
Inspection of staking of weak memorials  26.00
Inspection of bonding of weak crosses  87.00
Memorial bench plus annual maintenance (excluding inscription)  1,051.00
Removal and replacement of memorials

 

  Small / Standard Large Double
Headstone only 2'6" - 3'6" 356.10 474.00 n/a
Full memorial 2'6" - 3'6" 706.70 944.00 1904.00
Grave maintenance service

 

Service Small Standard Large / Double Garden of remembrance
Planting twice per annum 251.00 279.00 390.00 127.50
Washing of memorial (6 times per annum) 93.00 93.00 142.00 48.00
Miscellaneous fees

 

Registering change of ownership 105.00
Replacement deed of grant 60.00
Life and re-level of memorial 99.00
Turfing 108.00
Intervening grave strips (must own botbh adjoining plots) 569.00

Searches of burial register

Per year searched 33.00
Certified copy of entry 23.00

Exhumations

  Resident Non-resident
Coffins 3988.00 7975.00
Ashes 402.00 804.00

Chapel fees

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm (per hour) *Electric piano/organ available 106.00
Monday - Friday (outside of normal hours) 106.00

Children's Funeral Fund

For fees relating to the burial of children aged under 18 years, the local authority will claim fees from the Children’s Funeral Fund.

For more information on the Children’s Funeral Fund, please visit the GOV.UK website.

Exhumations

From time to time people from abroad make requests for the remains of friends or family buried in Britain to be exhumed and taken back to their native home. In order to protect the health of the grave workers and surrounding population, the Council's Environmental Health service must be notified of such cases and our agreement sought on the health precautions to be taken.

Last updated: 4 April 2022