Burial and cremation

New graves can be accommodated at Bootle Cemetery, Duke Street Cemetery, Liverpool Road Cemetery (Birkdale) and Thornton Garden of Rest.

Graves that are purchased for full burials can be specified for up to 4 interments and also be used for the interment of up to 6 cremated remains.

Smaller grave plots, which can be purchased for burial of cremated remains only, are available at Thornton Garden of Rest and Liverpool Road Cemeteries.

Prices are correct until 31 March 2020. 

Privacy Notice

Please take time to read the Burials and Cremations privacy notice. This will explain what information we hold about you, why we hold it and when we will contact you.

Burials and cremations privacy notice (pdf 480KB)


Each cemetery will have a certain section that is currently developed for new burials.

You can either have a grave allocated from this section or choose from a selection of available plots within it.

To pre-purchase a grave please contact the council.

When you buy a grave you are buying the ‘right to bury’ in the grave; the land ownership stays with the council. You can ask for a grave to be prepared for up to four burials, unfortunately however, this number cannot be guaranteed as changes in the ground condition, legislation or other circumstances may reduce the available depth. The grave can also be used for up to six sets of cremated remains.

Currently legislation restricts the purchase of rights to a maximum of 99 years and after this time your heirs will be offered an extension.

Grave purchases (exclusive rights of burial for 99 years)Resident feeNon-resident fee

Purchase of right to burial in a private grave

(Duke Street and Liverpool Road Cemeteries and within older sections of Bootle Cemetery and Thornton Garden of Rest)

£1110 £2060

Purchase of right to burial in a private grave including a memorial foundation

(All graves within any new section at Bootle Cemetery and Thornton Garden of Rest)

£1157 £2107

Purchase of right to burial in a cremated remains grave

(Price shown includes a memorial foundation, remains graves are available at Liverpool Road Cemetery and Thornton Garden of Rest)

£892 £1737
Register change in title of grant of owner or lost grant £42 £42
Indemnity (when deed not produced and/or owner cannot sign and a change of title is not in progress) £47 £47
Search of records fee £22 £22
Child under 17 years old No charge
Person 17 years old or older - traditional or green coffin £910
Person 17 years old or older - casket burial £1225
Self arranged (no funeral director) full burial From £910 to £1365
Burial of cremated remains £225
Scatter of remains on a grave at Bootle Cemetery or Thornton Garden of Rest £47
Scatter of remains on a grave at Duke Street or Liverpool Road Cemeteries £123

The cremated remains will be available for collection after 1pm the (working) day after the cremation. Then there are a number of options that are available:

  • Collection by the family or funeral director for dispersal elsewhere. The applicant or the funeral director can collect the cremated remains for dispersal elsewhere or while you consider the options. Please note that you will require permission from the land owner before the remains are dispersed
  • Strewing in the garden of remembrance without an appointment where the remains are sensitively strewn into the ground within the gardens
  • Strewing in the garden of remembrance with an appointment so that you can be present when the cremated remains are strewn. There are options to lease a memorial garden plaque which will be placed on one of the memorials within the grounds
  • Burial within a grave. Cremated remains can be buried within a grave and specific cremated remains graves are available at Liverpool Road Cemetery and Thornton Garden of Rest. You must have permission from the grave owner and apply to the council before going ahead to ensure these are properly registered.
Child under 17 years old No charge
Person 17 years old or older £855
Person 17 years old or older - coffin greater than 30 inches wide (Larger coffins can only be accommodated at Southport Crematorium) £1110
Self arranged (no funeral director) cremation From £855 to £1282.50
Book of remembranceFee
 2 line inscription £70
 3-5 line inscription £110
 3-5 line inscription with motif £230
 6-8 line inscription £138
 6-8 line inscription with motif £258

All other fees available upon request.

You could get a payment plan if you are on a low income and need help to pay for a funeral. More information can be found on the gov.uk website.

Southport Crematorium and Thornton Garden of Rest Crematorium are committed to the sensitive and respectful care of all of those entrusted to us. Our policies and processes for infant cremation are aligned to the latest guidance on Infant Cremation, as per the recommendations of Lord Bonomy’s Infant Cremation Commission (June 2014 Scotland). Full statement here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/06/8342/3

This guidance is fully supported by the national representative bodies, the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA), the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), the Cremation Society of Great Britain (CSGB) and the Association of Private Crematoria and Cemeteries (APCC). In accordance with the guidance provided, the ‘Ashes Policy’ operated within Sefton is set out below:

Definition of ashes
In line with Lord Bonomy’s recommendations, Southport Crematorium and Thornton Garden of Rest Crematorium consider cremated remains and ashes to be one and the same thing and supports the commission’s definition that ashes are “all that is left in the cremator at the end of the cremation process, and following the removal of any metal.”
Return of ashes. Our approach to the cremation of babies and infants is designed to maximise the recovery of ashes. 

We will employ best practice methods, such as the use of specialist computer programmes, and our staff will be vigilant during the cremation process and if appropriate will adjust operational conditions when necessary in order to protect the ashes of babies and infants, and therefore maximise their recovery.

We are confident that the equipment and processes adopted for infant cremation at Sefton Council maximise the likelihood of recovering ashes. In the unlikely event of non-recovery of ashes, we will conduct a comprehensive review of the cremation process within 48 hours to understand why this is the case. The results of this review will be documented and contain details of any adjustments to our procedure deemed to be necessary, and will be available to next of kin/parent(s) if they wish to view the results. We will at all times adhere to our identification procedure that guarantees that the ashes resulting from individual cremations which are returned to parents are those of their baby.
Shared cremations Where a shared cremation has been authorised, and hence ashes are not individually identifiable, we will take the same care throughout the cremation process, including steps to maximise the recovery of ashes, and will scatter/bury the ashes within the crematorium’s designated area. The location will be recorded for future reference.

Disposal of Ashes
In the case of a private cremation and the disposal of ashes, Southport Crematorium and Thornton Garden of Rest Crematorium will only act upon the written instruction of the parent who is acting as the ‘Applicant for Cremation’, or other person nominated in writing by the parent. In the case of shared cremations we will only act on the written instruction of the designated person at the relevant hospital, who is acting as ‘the Applicant’.

Disposal of Metals
Consent will always be sought from ‘the applicant’ for disposal of metals recovered from an individual cremation, and they will always be provided with information on the options available.

All cremations of babies and infants will be registered at the crematorium, with all information as contained in forms and certificates being retained indefinitely (this may be in electronic form). If ashes are scattered or buried within the grounds of the crematorium, the final resting place will be recorded. Where ashes are to be collected, the details of any person authorised by the applicant to remove/collect the ashes, and the date on which the ashes were collected will be recorded. The policy of this Cremation Authority is designed to provide an audit trail from the receipt of initial funeral instructions to the final disposal of ashes, either by collection from the crematorium or by scattering or burial within the confines of the Gardens of Remembrance, or other such designated area.

Questions or Queries
If you have any questions or queries about the cremation of your baby, you can speak to staff at Southport Crematorium or Thornton Garden of Rest Crematorium.

Last Updated on 20 May 2019