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        St John’s Cemetery, Margate

        Please visit our service update page for information on accessing the cemetery during the coronavirus outbreak.

        The Cemetery’s Office is based at Thanet Crematorium and is open from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday.  Please note the office is not open at weekends or public holidays.

        The Cemetery Grounds will be open to the public daily from 9.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. (March to September), 9.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. (October to February) and until 4.00 p.m. on weekends, Bank or General Holidays.

        Please read the information below relating to the cemetery. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information or assistance regarding St John’s Cemetery.

        Burials at St John's cemetery

        Burials can take place between the hours of 9.30 am and 2.30 pm Monday to Friday. There is a small chapel at the cemetery which can seat 20 – 30 people.

        There are no restrictions on the content of the service and can be either religious or non-religious depending on the wishes of the family.

        There are facilities to play music from CDs and if required an organist can be booked. We do request any down-loaded music is tested at the Cemetery prior to the service to avoid any disappointment on the day of the service.


        Purchasing a burial plot in St John's cemetery

        Burial plots are available to pre-purchase in advance or at the time of a loved one’s death. The section currently available for new purchases is Section T of the cemetery (please refer to the location plan).  There are also some available in the older sections of the cemetery. Please contact the office for further details. The maximum number of burials per plot is four, and the number in each plot will depend on the requested depth of the first burial.  At the time of the first interment, a small stone will be placed on the plot stating the plot number and the surname of the deceased.

        Purchasing a burial plot you would own the right to bury in the plot and be able to erect a memorial of your choice (please refer to the Memorials section for permitted sizes).  Should you wish to erect a memorial, this can be carried out via a stone mason and would incur their charges.

        In purchasing a burial plot you would have the option to purchase the Exclusive Burial Rights of a plot in the Cemetery for either fifty years or seventy five years.  Therefore you will be the person responsible for the maintenance of the plot, the person to sign for any memorials placed on the plot and your permission will be required to open the plot at any time.  In the case of joint ownership, all owners will be required to give their consent.  Up to a maximum of four people may be joint owners of the EROB, allowing them all the automatic right to be buried in the plot (space allowing) and have equal responsibilities for memorials etc).  The deeds will then remain with the joint owners until such a time of the death of the last surviving person, then passing to their executor.  Please refer to the burial rights section for further information regarding transferring burial rights.



        Fees and charges for St John's cemetery

        Fees for 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 – Margate Cemetery
        Purchase exclusive right of burial – 75 years    £1020.00
        Purchase exclusive right of burial – 50 years£780.00
        Single depth interment£840.00
        Double depth interment£1,045.00
        Triple depth interment£1,255.00
        First Interment£1,370.00
        Temporary Number stone (first interment only)£19.00
        Environmental surcharge (adult burials only)£110.00
        Use of cemetery chapel£84.00
        Other fees are available on request



        Memorials at St John's cemetery

        At the time of the first interment in a plot at Margate Cemetery, we will mark the plot with a small number stone stating the plot number and name of the deceased.  However, in many cases people choose to erect a headstone memorial.  In order to do this, you will need to contact a stonemason who will be able to discuss the types of memorial available.

        All memorials erected in the Cemetery will need to be fixed by either a BRAMM or NAMM registered stonemason.  The stonemason will complete an application form with you and the form will then be sent to this office for approval.  Once the memorial has been approved, the stonemason will then be able to arrange a date to fix your memorial.

        Memorial Sizes

        Adults – For Headstones

        Concrete foundation 3 feet by 18 inches by min 3 inches sunk to ground level

        Base 3 inches thick by 2 ft or 2 ft 6 inches cemented to foundation

        Headstone cemented and dowelled to base

        Maximum height 4 feet from ground level

        An approved ground anchor system is to be used

        For kerbs (where permitted)

        Landing 7 feet by 3 feet, kerbs 6 feet 9 inches by 3 feet, dowelled to headstone and posts to kerb

        Children – For Headstones

        Concrete foundation 3 foot 6 inches by 1 foot 6 inches by 3” thick sunk to ground level

        Base 3 inches thick by 1 foot by 2 foot 6 inches cemented to foundation

        Headstone cemented and dowelled to base

        Maximum height 3 feet from ground level

        A BRAMM approved ground anchor system is to be used

        For kerbs (where permitted)

        Landing 4 feet by 2 foot 6 inches, dowelled to headstone and posts to kerb


        Map of St John's cemetery

        Areas of long grass

        Cemeteries and Churchyards are now recognised as providing areas of relatively undisturbed habitats where plants and animals of various types can flourish, safe from formal neatness, herbicides and pesticides which often threaten their survival.

        Please be assured the grass will continue to be cut around frequently visited graves however, to promote such areas of undisturbed habitats we are planning to leave a few areas with grass being left uncut.  This is to encourage grassland plants to flower, establish themselves and set seed.  This, we hope, will improve the natural environment for bees, butterflies, moths and insects.  In turn this will also help some of the bird species encouraging them to use the flower seeds for food and possibly bats in the evening and night time.

        Further to this, we are also managing our trees as they decline to encourage woodpeckers, owls and in doing so parakeets also benefit.

        Lastly we hope to see the return of the hares who have been habitants here in the past, but unfortunately the frequent cutting and clearance in the last couple of years has not provided the longer grass required for the young or adult hares.

        It is hoped you will support us in promoting the undisturbed habitats, enhancing wild life in the older parts of the cemetery giving visitors the opportunity to experience the natural environment whilst still allowing free access to graves.

        The map below indicates the selected areas.


        How to get to St John's cemetery

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