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Closed churchyards

As part of our ground maintenance duties, the council is responsible for ten closed churchyards across the district:

  • Kilbrack and St. Michael's in Beccles
  • Holy Trinity and St. Mary's in Bungay
  • St. Mary's in Halesworth
  • St. Margaret's, St. Peter's and Gunton St. Peter in Lowestoft
  • St. Edmunds in Southwold
  • St. Nicholas in Wrentham

A closed churchyard means that the diocese has decided that the churchyard is full and no more burials can take place.

Parish and town councils are initially served with a parochial council's notice of closure. They have the option of passing on the notice to district councils. Consequently, most district level authorities, at some point in time, inherit the legal obligation to assume maintenance.

Burial records for closed churchyards are generally held locally in the church.

There are limitations to what a council can do with a closed churchyard. There may be planning restrictions appertaining to buildings and trees etc. Wildlife such as bats and owls may also be protected.

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