The burial of the dead was, for many centuries primarily dealt with by the church. However, during the period between 1852 and 1906 when churchyards became full to capacity, special provision had to be made by Parliament for the purpose of providing more space for the disposal of the dead. Many new cemeteries were created during this period, managed generally by a burial board and with ownership belonging to the local towns.
The passage of time has seen gradual changes over the years, more land has been purchased and all the cemeteries have expanded. In 1973 Amber Valley Borough Council took over the management of the cemeteries. With more emphasise on 'customer' requirements and environmental management the original traditional lawned cemetery is now developing.
The Council has responsibility for managing and maintaining 6 cemeteries:
These are located at:
Alfreton Cemetery - Rodgers Lane Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7FF
Leabrooks Cemetery - Cemetery Road Leabrooks Alfreton Derbyshire DE55 1LD
Belper Cemetery - Matlock Road Broadholme Belper Derbyshire DE56 2JE
Heanor Cemetery - Ilkeston Road Heanor Derbyshire DE75 7DT
Ripley Cemetery - Cemetery Lane Ripley Derbyshire DE5 3JG
Crosshill Cemetery - Crosshill Codnor Derbyshire DE5 9SR
Cemetery Maps can be found at the 'Related Documents' section of this page and provides more information on individual cemeteries. Crosshill Cemetery is not available in map format - this cemetery is closed for new burials, interments can only take place in re-open graves.
Charter for the Bereaved
In year 2000 Amber Valley Borough Council adopted the Charter for the Bereaved. The Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management (ICCM) produced the Charter to improve the services offered to the bereaved. The Charter defines the rights of every individual who experiences bereavement and is intended to set standards of service and improve choice.
The Council is committed to following the '33 rights' identified in the Charter and is continually seeking to improve the burial service for all its users. The Charter 'rights' are available to view on request at the Town Hall, Ripley.
Landscape Services maintain to an agreed specification to include:
- Mowing/Strimming of grass areas including graves.
- Maintenance of our boundary hedges.
- Maintenance of our shrubs and bedding schemes.
- Maintenance of our trees.
- Regular cleaning of cemetery toilets.
- Regular emptying of litter bins
The grass is cut on a 14 to 21 day cycle depending on the growing season. All the cemeteries are maintained as traditional lawned areas with the exception of the woodland at Belper Cemetery.