Coronavirus (COVID-19): cemetery and crematorium updates
The office at Rochdale cemetery remains open though you may be asked to wait outside if the office is busy. Services continue but with some changes to help us protect you and our staff members. We've contacted local funeral directors to let them know about these changes.
We'll continue to monitor the situation closely, carefully and frequently and will update this website with any changes.
Funeral service changes in chapels and crematoriums
From Monday, 19 July 2021 the number of attendees at a funeral is no longer restricted.
- If you're self-isolating or showing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you should not attend a funeral service.
- Please use hand sanitiser at the entrance to the chapel.
- Follow the one-way system in the chapel; we'll continue to clean the chapel in between services.
- Avoid bringing donation boxes into the chapel, inside or outside.
- You can book a service prior to burial and extended services in the chapel.
- You can continue to watch funeral services live from chapels at Rochdale and Middleton crematoriums, through a webcast link. There is no cost for this service, please ask your funeral director for further details.
- The office is open to collect cremated remains. You may be asked to wait outside if the office is busy.
Find out about cemeteries and cremations in Rochdale borough.
Location of cemeteries and crematoriums
We've 6 cemeteries and 2 crematoriums at the following locations around the borough.
|Dearnley cemetery||Arm Road|
Find Dearnley cemetery on a map
|Water taps are available for fresh flowers. There are no buildings or toilets on site at this cemetery.|
|Denehurst cemetery||163 Sandy Lane|
Find Denehurst cemetery on a map
|Water taps are available for fresh flowers. There are no buildings or toilets on site.
Denehurst cemetery opened in 2015. It's situated within the beautiful surroundings of Denehurst Park.
|Heywood cemetery||Rochdale Road East|
Find Heywood cemetery on a map
Heywood burial chapel is currently unavailable due to fire damage.
View a map of the plots at Heywood Cemetery (546kb pdf)
|Middleton (Boarshaw) cemetery and crematorium||Boarshaw Road|
Find Middleton (Boarshaw) cemetery on a map
|The cemetery and crematorium chapel for holding funeral services have toilets, water taps, a book of remembrance room, seating and memorial gardens. The crematorium chapel also has a hearing loop installed.|
The cemetery has Green Flag status and a Friends Group who take an active part in the running of the cemetery.
|Middleton old cemetery||St Leonard's Street|
Find Middleton old cemetery on a map
|There are no buildings or toilets or other facilities on site at this cemetery.|
Very few burials are now held here as the cemetery is full. The cemetery lies within a heritage site area.
|Rochdale cemetery and crematorium||Bury Road|
Find Rochdale cemetery on a map
|The crematorium chapel and separate cemetery chapel for holding funeral services have toilets, water taps, a book of remembrance room, seating and memorial gardens. The crematorium chapel also has a hearing loop installed.
The administrative centre for the cemetery and cremation service for the whole borough is based here.
Opening times of cemetery grounds
The grounds of all our cemeteries are open every day at the times listed in the table below. This includes the book of remembrance rooms and the memorial gardens.
|January||9am - 4.30pm|
|February||9am - 5.30pm|
|March||9am - 6.30pm|
|April||9am - 6.30pm|
|May||9am - 7.30pm|
|June||9am - 7.30pm|
|July||9am - 7.30pm|
|August||9am - 7.30pm|
|September||9am - 6.30pm|
|October||9am - 5.30pm|
|November||9am - 4.30pm|
|December||9am - 4.30pm|
Times of our cremation services
Our cremation services are held Monday-Friday between 10am-3pm. Weekend services are not available.
Services are usually scheduled every 40 minutes but you're able to book a double slot if you'd like a longer service. The 40 minutes allows 10 minutes for mourners to arrive, 20 minutes for the service and then 10 minutes for mourners to leave.
Charges for cremation services
These are the charges for cremation services at Rochdale Crematorium and Middleton Crematorium.
- Standard cremation - £754
This price includes the cremation fee, 20-minute service with mourners attending, medical referee, environmental fee, live online stream, music, ashes container and use of the chapel.
- Cremation only with no mourners attending, does not include any chapel music or live online stream - £425
- Additional 20-minute service - £113
- Live stream with 28 days downloadable access - £15
- A keepsake of the service on CD, DVD or USB stick - £50 for the first one, £25 for each additional copy
- Attended ashes scattering - £30
How to book a cremation
If you're looking to have a cremation at one of our crematoriums, your funeral director will need to request this on your behalf. They can get in touch with us using the contact details on this page.
Metal recycling scheme
Recycling metals from a loved one following their cremation is a sensitive subject and we only do so with the express consent of the next of kin.
Following a cremation, there can sometimes be pieces of metal left over, such as from a tooth filling, a steel hip replacement, pins used to repair a bone fracture or from parts of the coffin.
It's possible to recycle these metals through a nationwide scheme run by the
Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management. We donate all the proceeds from the scheme to local charities who provide services and support for bereaved residents.
Request the money generated from recycling metals after a cremation
If you're a local charity who offers bereavement services to borough residents, you can apply to receive a donation from the money we've generated by recycling metals after a cremation.
Please email us on
email@example.com to ask for an application.
Finding a grave in our cemeteries
If you'd like to find the location of a loved one's grave, you can access the burial records.
Burial records give the date and place someone was buried. The records can also sometimes include the grave number and a map showing the location of the grave in the cemetery.