Sleaford Cemetery is owned and maintained by the Town Council. It is a calm, peaceful area which gives visitors the opportunity for quiet contemplation. The Cemetery is also a haven of nature and wildlife which allows a quietness for reflection and tranquillity.
The main Cemetery gate, which is off Eastgate, is open everyday from 8.00 am until 4.00 pm. There is limited parking at the top of the drive.
There is also a pedestrian gate which is open seven days a week, twenty four hours a day.
Sleaford Cemetery is situated on Eastgate, the entrance is marked by the original stone pillars and gates, (restored in 2007), and a timber frame cottage that used to be the residence of the Cemetery Superintendent and is now a private house.
The Cemetery is laid out as four main areas:
Old Portion (1856 onwards)
New Portion (1884 onwards)
New Section (1941 onwards)
Woodland Section (2004 onwards)
Layout of the Cemetery
Burial and Memorial Fees
All the memorials within the cemetery are privately owned and it is not the responsibility of the Town Council to maintain them. However the Town Council does have the duty to ensure that all the headstones and other memorials are in a safe condition. The owner of most memorials will usually be a relative of the deceased at the time of burial but after a period of time this will probably pass to other family members. All memorials receive a periodic inspection and, as a last resort, may be laid down if found to be unsafe. This protects the public and also the memorial is laid down gently rather than possibly falling uncontrolled and being damaged.
Sleaford Cemetery Guide and Map
The Mayor of Sleaford and Sleaford Town Council have had a Cemetery guide and map produced with thanks to Simon Pawley for the historical text, Dominic Righini-Brand for the photography, Harriott Brand for the artwork and Evgeniya Righini-Brand for the graphic design.The guide and map are full of interesting facts and pictures and is available free of charge from the Riverside Post Office, Sleaford Town Hall and the William Alvey School (in a covered tub on the railings at the front of the school).