Cemeteries, crematoria and funeral assistance


If you have any enquiries about cemeteries and churchyards in the district, please contact the relevant parish or town council. 

Newark Town Council

Ollerton and Boughton Town Council

Southwell Town Council

Parish and town councils

Closed churchyards

We’re responsible for the maintenance of eight closed churchyards at Hoveringham, Upton, Ossington, Egmanton, Edwinstowe, Blidworth and Southwell (2 sites).

The full list is as follows:

  • Hoveringham – St Michael’s Church, Hoveringham NG14 7JH,

  • Upton – St Peter & St Pauls Church, Church Lane Upton NG23 5SR,

  • Ossington – Holy Rood Church, Ossington NG23 6LH,

  • Egmanton – Church of Our Lady of Egmanton, NG22 0HA,

  • Edwinstowe – St Mary’s Church Edwinstowe, NG21 9QA,

  • Blidworth – Church of St Mary of the Purification, NG21 0QH,

  • Southwell – The Minster Cemetery Extension, Bishops Drive Southwell, NG25 0JP, and

  • Southwell – Holy Trinity Church, NG25 0LD.


We have joint responsibility for Mansfield and District Crematorium (NG18 5BJ) alongside Mansfield District Council and Ashfield District Council.

The other crematorium in Newark and Sherwood is Sherwood Forest Crematorium in Ollerton (NG22 0DY).

Tithe Green Burial Ground

Tithe Green Burial Ground near Oxton offers both woodland and meadow burials, as well as the interment of ashes. A woodland burial is where a tree is placed directly on the grave whereas a meadow burial is in an open meadow.

Help with paying for a funeral

When someone dies it can be a very distressing time for those arranging a funeral, especially if there are concerns about how the costs will be covered.

Payment for a funeral is usually met through the estate of the deceased. However, if there are insufficient funds, the executor is personally liable. Where the deceased has not left a will, the person arranging the funeral (normally their next of kin) is liable to meet the funeral and burial/cremation costs.

If you’re concerned about how you’re going to pay for a funeral, it’s important that you discuss this with your chosen funeral director at an early stage in the arrangements. Once you have entered into a contract with the funeral director, you will be responsible for paying their costs.

If you or a partner is receiving certain benefits you may be entitled to a funeral payment from the social fund. More information about how you can get help for funeral costs is available on the government website.

National assistance funerals

In some cases, the district council can take responsibility for the burial or cremation of a body. Read our public health act funerals policy (PDF File, 96kb) for more information

Where there are assets that exceed the cost of the funeral in the deceased's estate, we will look to recover the costs to reduce the expense to the taxpayer.

Lists of public health funerals in Newark and Sherwood.

Please contact us if you have any enquiries about national assistance funerals.