The Crematorium is located within Barrow Cemetery:
Barrow (Thorncliffe) Crematorium
876542 Fax (01229) 813847.
Barrow Crematorium was opened in Barrow in November 1962.
(It is also referred to as Thorncliffe Crematorium). Over 40,000
cremations have occurred since then, and around 900 cremations take
place each year. There are two full time staff employed at the
crematorium, each of which have the Crematorium operatives training
scheme proficiency certificate.
The Crematorium is a member of the Federation of Burial
and Cremation Authorities (F.B.C.A.) which issues strict
guidelines (Code of Cremation Practice
) to which the
We have two cremators, which fully comply with the
Environmental Protection Act in order to reduce air pollution. Due
to the importance of reducing emissions from the cremators, we
always ask that materials such as plastic, PVC, etc are not placed
in the coffin and where possible the deceased is dressed in natural
Cremation services occur Monday to Friday, with 45 minutes
reserved for each ceremony. This is to give sufficient time to take
the service and allow you to enter and leave the chapel before the
next funeral arrives. Extra time can be requested without further
A religious or non-religious service can be held and an
organist is provided as part of the cremation fee. Alternatively, a
CD player is available for families to provide their
own CDs for playing at the service. However, we will
only accept original CDs; copies will not be played.
Also, it is possible for services to include singers or
musicians who are known to the family. It is worth noting that
there is no legal requirement to hold a service and you may decide
to dispense with this.
During the ceremony, the coffin is placed on the catafalque.
Whether the service is carried out at the crematorium or beforehand
at a church, a committal service is usually carried out. At this
point a curtain can be closed across the coffin to signify the end
of the service. Some people find this distressing and if preferred
the curtains can be left open and you can see the coffin as you
leave the chapel.
After the service the coffin is moved to the committal chamber
for cremation which is completed on the same day as the service.
The coffin is placed in the cremator exactly as it is received and
we carefully maintain the identity of the deceased throughout the
cremation process. The cremation takes approximately 3 hours from
start to finish and the remains are then ready to dispose of as the
Many people are unaware what happens when a cremation takes
place. We therefore welcome an inspection of the cremation process,
either by individuals or groups; please contact the Cemetery Office
to arrange a suitable time.
The following locations are available for the disposal of
These are small graves, which take up to four caskets of
remains. The remains are placed in the centre of the grave and a
small headstone, kerbstones and/ or tablet can be placed on
the grave. At Barrow we offer an option of interring the remains in
a grassed area or gravel area. The use of gravel prevents the area
from having to be mown and avoids us having to remove and replace
memorials/ vases, which are on graves.
Many people have family graves, which may be full for burials.
These can be used for interments of cremated remains once the grave
owner has given permission.
Alternatively, if you wish to take the remains away for
private burial or scattering, this can be arranged. The remains are
clearly labelled in a plastic container. If the remains are being
placed in another cemetery or churchyard then we will supply you
with a certificate of cremation for a small charge.
Glade of Remembrance
This is an area adjacent to the Crematorium and the cemetery
entrance where the cremated remains can be scattered. This is
carried out by the Crematorium staff two weeks after the
cremation has taken place unless otherwise stated. Should you wish
to attend the scattering, please make an appointment through your
Funeral Director or direct with the Cemetery Office.
Surrounding the Glade of Remembrance is the memorial wall.
This allows you to purchase a cast bronze plaque to commemorate the
deceased. From 1990 the Council placed a time limit on all new
plaques; this is for ten or twenty years and is renewable.
Alternatively, you may wish to donate or purchase a tree,
which can be planted in the Glade. A small Perspex plaque can be
placed at the foot of the tree. In order to allow grass cutting
around the trees we allow families place a 24 inch diameter border
around the tree. This can be either log edging or memorial
Book of Remembrance
This is situated at the Crematorium to the left of the chapel.
There are four volumes with three months of the year in each. The
Book is open at the relevant date every day of the year. At an
additional cost an inscription can be placed in the Book on a
specific date; usually it is the date of death, but other dates
(e.g. birthdays, anniversaries) can also be used. Flowers or
tributes can be placed in the Book room but we ask people to
refrain from placing anything on the actual Bookcase.
The Book of Remembrance is open every day from 9am to 4pm.
If you wish to view the entries online, please go
and follow the on-screen instructions.