Transfer of grave ownership
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Transfer of grave ownership

If the owner of the exclusive rights of burial dies, they have the automatic right to be buried or have their ashes interred in the grave, subject to sufficient space being available.

After this the rights become part of the deceased’s estate and may be left in a will, or assigned by their executors to someone else.

It is not possible to place a new memorial or alter an existing memorial without the instruction and permission of a living owner.

If the owner of the exclusive rights of burial wishes to transfer ownership from themselves into another persons name, they will need to contact the Bereavement Officer.


Bereavement officer

Contact for: enquiries, funeral bookings, purchase of exclusive rights of burial, transfer of grave ownership, memorial applications and grave searches.

Bereavement officer
North Devon Council
North Devon Crematorium
Old Torrington Rd
Barnstaple EX31 3NW

Telephone: 01271 345431

Office opening times (excluding bank and public holidays): Monday to Friday - between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm.

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