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Cemeteries and crematoriums

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.

Cremation changes

  • 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
OL15 8NJ

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
OL11 5DY

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 cemeteryRochdale Road East
OL10 1RL

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 crematoriumBoarshaw Road
M24 2PN

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 cemeterySt 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 crematoriumBury Road
OL11 4DG

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.

MonthOpening times
January9am - 4.30pm
February9am - 5.30pm
March9am - 6.30pm
April9am - 6.30pm
May9am - 7.30pm
June9am - 7.30pm
July9am - 7.30pm
August9am - 7.30pm
September9am - 6.30pm
October9am - 5.30pm
November9am - 4.30pm
December9am - 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 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.


01706 645219

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-12noon and 1pm-4.30pm.
Bereavement Services
Rochdale Cemetery
Bury Road
Rochdale OL11 4DG

The cemetery office is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 12noon and 1pm to 4.30​pm for visitors and enquiries.