Manchester City Council

Councillor Sheila Newman

Our sympathies are with the family and friends of Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member for Children’s Services and current Lady Mayoress of Manchester, who passed away on 18 February.

Read our tribute.


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Buying a grave

We can help you choose a cemetery or grave by advising on the types and availability of graves, and any conditions that apply to them, such as their suitability for memorials.

You can purchase a grave plot in a Manchester cemetery for a period of up to 99 years (this has recently been extended from 50 years). A reference number is given to the grave when it is bought, which can help owners if they have difficulty locating the grave.

New grave plots are available to pre-purchase in Southern, Blackley and Gorton Cemeteries. Please make an appointment with our Customer Services Team, who will help you to select a suitable plot. For details of cost, download a copy of our price list.

The owner must give written consent for the grave to be opened or for photographs or video of a headstone to be taken.

We need a minimum of 48 hours notice before opening a grave.

Over a period of time the earth in a grave can settle, meaning that it may need to be topped up and levelled. Contact the Customer Services Team at Blackley or Southern Cemetery to arrange this: there is no fee for this service.

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