Marlborough Cemetery and Burials
Marlborough Cemetery is situated in Free's Avenue on The Common (click here for location). There is a small car park directly outside the gates, a ramp for wheelchair access and benches placed around the Cemetery. Please note there is no post code - the nearest place for satnav users is the Rugby Club (SN8 1DL) which is a little further along the road.
In years gone by the town's deceased were buried in the church yards until a cemetery was created on the Common. This original cemetery, known locally as 'The Old Cemetery' or 'The Victorian Cemetery', is no longer used for interments.
The current Cemetery opened next door to the old one in 1924. It was extended in 2010 and this is where interments take place. It was consecrated by the Bishop of Salisbury in 2012. There is an area of unconsecrated ground set aside for burials of people of other, or no, faith.
If you look closely you'll notice that two of the headstones face the opposite direction to all the rest. These are the graves of church ministers, who always face their flock.
To arrange a burial
In the event of a death your undertaker will arrange for a burial or cremation plot and liaise with us directly so you do not need to get in touch with us yourself. The Town Council aims to offer a sympathetic service to the bereaved, and deals with enquiries from members of the public, funeral directors and monumental masons. Our Civic Secretary, Linda Chapman, adminsters burials and maintains records of interments so she is the lady to contact if you have any queries.
Note it is our policy that exclusive rights of burial are granted at the time of arranging a funeral. It is not possible to purchase a burial plot in advance.
To find a burial
Please contact the Civic Secretary, Linda Chapman, if you are trying to locate a grave in Marlborough Cemetery. Alternatively there are online search tools available such as Find A Grave, and for burials in other places nearby, including St Peter's and St Mary's churchyards, try the Forebears website.
There are 11 war graves in Marlborough's two cemeteries. Details can be found on our War Memorials page.
The two cemeteries - old and new - are adjacent to each other on the Common. A local voluntary group - the Friends of the Victorian Cemetery - has been working in recent years to establish the old cemetery as a wildflower area with the aim of providing a peaceful and beautiful area to sit away from the hurly burly of the town. Their work was recognised in 2015 by South West in Bloom with an 'It's Your Neighbourhood' award, and in 2016 more wild flowers have been added as well as a beehive. Read more...