Graves and headstones:- There are detailed diocesan regulations which govern the approved size, shape and design of graves, memorials and monuments. Those falling outside those guidelines will normally require a faculty. Details of the Diocesan guidelines may be found on the website of the Diocese of Hereford and by clicking this link:

Rights of burial:- As a general rule, there is a right to be buried in the churchyard of the parish in which you reside. This is on the assumption that the churchyard has not been "closed" and that there remains sufficient room in the churchyard. There is no automtatic right to be buried in any particular spot or location in the church yard.

Reservation of a grave space:- An application may be made for a faculty to reserve a specific grave space; such applications are considered by the Diocesan consistory court. Normally an applicant will initially approach the local minister. Further details of the process and a specimen form are set out in the Forms section below.