Thornton Garden of Rest

COVID-19 Update: Current Guidance for Attendance at Funerals

Following guidance from the ICCM and the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities we have been advised that only immediate families should attend funerals at this time.

This includes:

  • Spouse/Partner;
  • Parents/carers;
  • Brothers/Sisters and
  • Children (and their partners)

We are now advising that a maximum of 30 people should attend burials and cremations at this time.

In the crematorium chapels: a maximum of 20 people are allowed inside and 10 people may attend outside, other mourners should not gather in the entrance or exit areas.

Mourners will be able to socially distance inside the chapels without the need to wear face-coverings; they may, however, wear face-coverings but must still follow social-distancing guidelines.

National expectations for social distancing should be observed at all times.

Mourners should wait outside or in their cars until the funeral is ready to start.

Cremation times will be 30mins long, 20mins in chapel.

Please fully adhere to your cremation time and be patient while the chapel and hand-washing facility is sanitised.

Please also be aware that asymptomatic mourners in self-isolation are allowed to attend funerals and, for example, care should be taken if you are a ‘shielded’ mourners who also want to attend the same service.

Other mourners should not gather in the entrance or exit areas.

In regard to burials, please move away from the graveside following the funeral service.

Burial time allocation is 20 minutes and time is needed for staff to safely back fill the grave and move on to further burials.

Ashes scattering and burials are suspended; they will resume soon.

The book room is open during office hours but the page will not be turned to another date.

Please do not contact the office to find out a funeral time.

If you are looking for a grave, please email us with the name of the deceased and the year they passed away.

For all other enquiries, please email - we aim to reply within 21 days.

We are working to get services back to normal in line with this roadmap.

Situated on the B5207 Lydiate Lane in Thornton near Crosby, the nearest railway station is Crosby.

A car park is located at the rear of the crematorium and drivers are requested not to park on the main drive.


  • Chapel - seating approx 80 people
  • Hearing loop system
  • Organ and sound system to play music
  • Book of remembrance room
  • Waiting room
  • Public conveniences
  • Car park
  • Disabled parking
  • Green flag award site

Office hours
Monday to Friday 9am to 12.30pm and 1.00pm to 4.30pm. Please note that the offices are closed at the weekends and on bank holidays

Book of Remembrance
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10am to 4pm. At weekends and on bank holidays, the Book of Remembrance page may be turned to another date if required by contacting the warden on 0800 091 0540 between the hours of 2pm and 4pm. Please note that the warden is not always on site and so there may be a short delay in having the page turned. View the book of remembrance online. 

Grounds open hours

The grounds open every day of the year from dawn and close at the following:

  • 8.30pm (April - August)
  • 7pm (September - March)
  • Improvements are nearly complete

    There is still more work to do, to ensure the crematorium is presented to the highest standards, and you will notice areas which need decorating and other finishes. While the works continue we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding.


Thornton Garden of Rest
Lydiate Lane
L23 1TP
0151 924 5143

This is served by the 54 bus. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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