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Vault / Niche Memorials

If you would prefer a memorial in which you can hold your loved one’s remains, our Sanctum Vaults and Wall Niches offer you a choice of options.

Sanctum Vault

A Sanctum offers you the reassurance that ashes may be placed inside a small vault in a container of your choice. Unlike most memorials, remains can be removed at a later date because they are in a container.

Lease and Renewal
The fee includes:

  • ten year lease of the location
  • the tablet with a standard inscription
  • a weekday interment for the cremated remains of one person in a polytainer (successive remains must be placed in the same type of container)
  • option to renew for a further five or ten years

Available for an additional fee:

  • weekend interment
  • interment of a second set of remains
  • photograph
  • motif
  • wooden casket (There is a size restriction on the container so please check with us before purchasing an urn or casket. The internal dimensions of the vault are 270 mm wide by 185 mm deep by 315 mm high)

If you wish to add another dedication to the tablet during the life of the lease you will need to pay for:

  • a new tablet with inscription
  • the rights to have a further dedication for the remainder of the lease
  • an interment fee

The lease end date will remain the same, however, if your lease has less than five years to run you may wish to extend the lease for a further five, or ten years.
At the end of the lease period we will write to you and offer you the option of renewing the lease for a further 5 or 10 years. Because the vault is underground, if you do not wish to renew:

  • you will need to apply for an exhumation licence
  • you will require the permission of all the deceased’s next of kin

Once granted you can:

  • remove the ashes to be buried elsewhere
  • collect the tablet from our office (due to the nature of the material we cannot guarantee that we will be able to remove the granite tablet without damage)
  • ask us to inter them loosely in the lawn as close as possible to your original memorial, free of charge and in your absence
  • be present for a short committal ceremony for which there is a small charge

Selecting your Sanctum Vault
Sanctum vaults are only available in the Redcrofts area of the gardens. They are popular and there is frequently a waiting list. If you wish to select a vault contact the crematorium office by:

  • telephone or
  • using the Memorial Enquiry form here.

We will provide you with:

  • a map of Redcrofts
  • the names of the deceased in the memorials on either side of an available vault

Your tablet will be the same colour as the tablets on either side of the available vault.

To order
You can:

  • make an appointment in advance to pay for and order your Sanctum during your visit
  • apply here for the sanctum vault you have reserved 
  • ask us to allocate you one(subject to availability) before downloading a form

To help you with your inscription:

  • a grid is provided on the application form
  • an extensive range of designs are available to choose from in our office or alternatively you may provide an example of your own choice.
  • lines four and five are unsuitable for names because there are screw fixings are at each end of these
  • the dedication on the tablet is gilt lettering and can tarnish after a few years. This can be re-guilded and we will be happy to give you a quote for this work.

Wall Niche

This versatile memorial offers you the opportunity to remove remains at a later date, for example if you were to move to another part of the country as well as the choice of a large memorial for four, or a small one for two.

Lease and renewal

The fee includes:

  • 10 year lease of the location
  • the granite tablet with a standard inscription and gold leaf border
  • motif from an extensive selection
  • metal casket with nameplate
  • a weekday interment for the cremated remains of one person
  • a single bud vase
  • Option to renew for five or ten years
Wall niche memorials

Available for an additional fee:

  • weekend interment
  • interment of a second set of remains
  • a second metal casket with nameplate
  • photograph on a ceramic disc
  • customised or additional motif
  • extra bud vase

If you wish to add another dedication to the tablet during the life of the lease you will need to pay for:

  • an additional inscription
  • the rights to have a further dedication for the remainder of the lease
  • an interment fee
  • a metal casket

The lease end date will remain the same, however, if your lease has less than five years to run you may wish to extend the lease for a further five, or ten years.
If you decide not to renew the lease you can:

  • collect the tablet from our office by appointment (due to the nature of the material we cannot guarantee that we will be able to remove the granite tablet without damage)
  • or pay a small fee for us to send it to you
  • remove the ashes to be buried elsewhere
  • ask us to inter them loosely in the lawn as close as possible to your original memorial, free of charge and in your absence
  • be present for a short committal ceremony for which there is a small charge

If you do not renew the memorial lease and do not give us new instructions for the ashes we will bury them loosely in the crematorium grounds.

Choosing your memorial

Niches are only available in the Redcrofts area of the gardens.
To choose one:

  • select a niche displaying a blank tablet
  • note the name of deceased on the memorial either side and above and below your preferred site
  • contact the crematorium office to reserve, by telephone or here
  • select four positions in order of preference, where possible we will reserve your first choice for you for 28 days.

Inscription

Each niche is designed to hold more than one set of ashes and therefore there is a restriction on the wording of the inscription. The first line must usually be either:

  • Cherished memories of
  • Treasured memories of
  • In loving memory of

followed by:

  • deceased’s name
  • date of death
  • age
  • your choice of engraved design

We will send you a proof of your inscription and design. We will need your approval before the plaque is made.
If you wish to limit the number of remains in the niche you may use additional lines for a more individual inscription or motif. Our staff can advise you of the options available and the cost of a customised tablet.

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