Rainham Cemetery

COVID-19 Update

Following further government guidance the London Borough of Havering reopened it’s cemeteries from 9.00am on Tuesday 21 April 2020 to allow families to visit graves.  Rainham Cemetery Chapel has recently undergone a major internal and external refurbishment.  The maximum number of mourners permitted in this chapel is currently 18.

Current guidance states that singing, chanting or playing instruments that are blown, should be specifically avoided.

We are required to assist NHS Test and Trace with data requests to contain outbreaks of infection.  We are waiting for more specific guidance, but in the meantime, we will provide forms on pews and ask that each household attending a service provides a contact name and telephone number.  This information will be kept for 21 days before being destroyed by means of a confidential waste service. To facilitate this, please ensure that families are aware that mourners need to bring pens with them.

Families are asked to ensure that during visits they comply with government guidance regarding social distancing, for their safety and that of our staff.  The cemeteries will be open for mourners only, if they are used for recreational purposes the decision will be reviewed.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind visitors that dogs are not allowed in our cemeteries unless assistance dogs.


A small, well visited cemetery with strong local links, Rainham has a distinctive chapel of historic value.

We began carrying out memorial safety inspections in this cemetery on the 28 Februrary 2019.  We are placing a yellow warning triangle on memorials that  have been found to be unsafe.

If there is a yellow triangle on the grave you are visiting, please do not remove it.  Please speak to one of our grounds staff or contact the office as this memorial is a safety risk.

Memorials are the responsibility of the owner.  We will inform owners that their memorial is unsafe and they will need to contact a memorial mason to arrange to make the memorial safe.  If we cannot contact the owner we will take minimal steps to make the memorial safe within six months of placing the warning triangle.

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Cemetery Features

Rainham Cemetery is based in Upminster Road North, Rainham and was opened in 1902. There are no new graves available, so a burial can only take place in a plot that is already owned.

• 3 Acres
• Traditional Chapel, seating 40
• Pre-recorded music
• Limited free parking in the cemetery and on nearby roads

You can choose to purchase a:

• Mini Headstone Cremated Remains Plot (limited)
• Traditional Cremated Remains Plot (currently unavailable)