Bereavement Services - History of Eccleshall Road Cemetery, Stafford

    Important Notice – Funeral service mourner numbers

    As from 6 July 2020, it is possible for a maximum of 15 people to sit on each side of the chapel (30 in total) and observe the revised social distancing rules during a funeral service. Please follow the directions of your Funeral Director and the chapel attendant on the day.

    Please note that it will still be necessary to undertake cleaning in between services and your patience and understanding are requested.

    Please ensure that you maintain social distancing guidelines within the burial grounds and follow all site rules which include no dog fouling, dogs on leads no longer than 2 metres at all times and no ball games.

    Important Changes to our Services From 13 July 2020

    Following changes the Coronavirus Act 2020, we can continue lifting certain restrictions at the crematorium. We can only do this by giving full consideration to everyone’s safety, so please adhere to the guidance;

    1. Whilst the crematorium office remains open during normal working hours for telephone and email enquiries, as from Monday 13 July you can make an appointment to visit the office staff (conditions apply)
    2. The Book of Remembrance room will be open from Monday 13 July 2020 (conditions apply)
    3. Please make appointments to attend the interment or scattering of loved ones (conditions apply)
    4. To support the NHS Track and Trace scheme ALL visitors will be asked to supply their names and contact details for this reason only.

    Your funeral director will be able to advise you or you can contact our office. To make appointments and for all other enquiries please call 01785 242594 during normal office hours or email

    This cemetery was opened on the northern side of Stafford by Stafford Borough Council in 1856. The first burial to take place was that of George Jennings.  He was aged 20 months and the son of a local shoemaker; the funeral took place on 21 February 1856.

    The cemetery was built alongside a railway line which ran between Uttoxeter in the east of Staffordshire and the main central line station in Stafford town centre. Railway services were withdrawn at the end of the Second World War as motor vehicle use increased nationwide.  However, the railway lines remained in place for many years after the end of the War.  In the event of war breaking out again, it was intended to re-open them as a vital link for supplies to and from the vast (former) RAF base located in Stafford, which is now the home of an Army Signals Regiment.

    The cemetery was designed with two chapel buildings on site.  The larger one, a Church of England chapel, and the other one for general use. The chapels were in use up to the 1960’s. In 1964 the cemetery was opened at Stafford Crematorium and services were conducted in the chapel there.

    As Eccleshall Road Cemetery developed over the years additional land was acquired on the other side of the railway line, the terminology within the Service was then introduced “The Old Side” and "The New Side”.

    Burials continued for many more years until the early 1980’s when all new burials were then transferred to the Tixall Road Cemetery.

    To bring this valuable public asset back into the community an area within the new side of the cemetery was identified which can accommodate new grave spaces. In 2014 a new system was installed in an area where it was not previously possible to excavate graves safely. The new system consists of pre-formed grave chambers which are buried in the ground forming a solid walled chamber. As with all other conventional graves they are excavated when a burial is requested.  The big advantage is that the shoring is already in place.  This enables safe excavation burials can continue for many years to come.  For more information contact Bereavement Services. 

    In 2018 Eccleshall Road Cemetery was awarded a ‘Green Flag’ – the national yardstick for the best parks and open spaces. The cemetery joins three other local venues to be awarded the ‘Flag’ – the crematorium and Victoria Park, both in Stafford, and Stonefield Park in Stone being the others. 

    There are plans to renovate the two chapels on the site and the Friends of Stafford Cemeteries are working with the council to see how this can be progressed. If you would like more information about the chapels or the work of the Friends group, you can follow them on their Facebook page

    We are very interested in the views of Stafford residents regarding Eccleshall Road Cemetery. We would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete this short survey.

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