COVID-19 update

Chingford Cemetery

  • Monday to Saturday: 7.30am to 7.30pm - All gates open
  • Sunday: 10am to 6pm - All gates open

Queens Road Cemetery in Walthamstow will remain open from

  • 7.30am to 4pm Monday to Saturday
  • Sundays 10am to 4pm

Please remember to stay 2 metres away from anyone else using the cemetery.

Find out more about the COVID-19 emergency and what we are doing to support residents and businesses.

As a reminder, Government guidelines state that the only large gathering permitted at the Cemetery is for Funerals only, with a maximum of 30 socially distancing mourners. Otherwise the maximum number of attendees to visit a grave is 6 people.

To respect the needs of others, visitors are asked not to wilfully create any disturbance in the Cemetery or behave in a way that may be a nuisance to others. In particular, the playing of games and sports is not permitted. The Cemetery is also controlled by a Public Spaces Protection Order. This prohibits amongst other things, the use of alcohol, behaving in a manner which is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, and littering within the Cemetery.

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Chingford Mount Cemetery is still operational for funerals.

We are limiting the number of mourners at any funeral gathering within both of our cemeteries, to close family members only, provided that they are out of any isolation period.

If you are attending a funeral, please arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the booked service time and phone us when you are at the Main Gate so we can allow you in.

In order to protect staff and the public and to ensure we can continue to provide this critical services, our employees will be keeping a safe distance from funeral gatherings during services.

All handling of the deceased including lowering and removal of putlogs will be carried out by the Funeral Directors.

Our primary focus during the current situation is to continue providing burials. We have therefore ceased provision of grave selection, families backfilling graves and all witnessed ashes burials. If required, we may email a photograph of the grave area and cemetery plan for upcoming burials
We apologise any inconvenience or upset this may cause. We are constantly reviewing the situation and if needed will make further changes to these restrictions.

Cemetery reception

The Office reception is closed to face to face visitors. 

General enquiries can be made over the phone or via email directly to our offices.

Phones are often busy so please bear with us and leave a message so we can respond.

Pre-booked funerals are not affected, please contact us in advance if you have any further enquiries.

Family history searches currently suspended

During the current virus outbreak, Cemetery Services are being focussed on our core function of burials. Additional services such as searches will be resumed again as soon as resources allow.

Anyone can be buried in any of the following cemeteries.

Chingford Mount Cemetery

Only residents of the borough can get new graves and cremated remains plots. The deceased must have lived in Waltham Forest when they died. We will need to see proof of residency.

Walthamstow Queens Road Cemetery

This cemetery is now full and unable to accept new graves.

You must contact us if you want to erect a memorial or add an extra inscription to a headstone, even if you own the grave.

We will need to check the memorial or inscription to make sure it complies with our cemetery regulations.

Guidelines for memorials

Our guidelines for memorials are:

  • headstone - marble, granite or other stone to measure:
    height 36” (mandatory), width 36” maximum, thickness 4“ maximum
  • vase - marble or granite to measure: 8” x 8” x 8” mandatory.
    no more than two allowed per grave
  • temporary memorials in a wooden cross, can be erected providing they are not more than 36” in high

Memorial maintenance

The grave owner is responsible for:

  • maintaining headstones, kerbs or other memorials 
  • arranging suitable repairs when necessary
  • removing these to a safe  place outside the cemetery grounds unless laid down directly and safely on the plot

Search for burial records Click to get info

We can search our burial registers for a fee, or you can see the burial registers yourself.

For us to search, please download the form below, complete it and return it to us at the address in the Contact section below. You will need to include the correct payment by cheque. If you prefer to pay by other means, please contact us.

Grave searches request form (PDF 210KB)

If you'd like to see the burial registers yourself, please contact the Register Office to book an appointment. Usually appointments are arranged for Fridays.


You can walk your dogs in the cemetery but kept them on a lead and stay on the main drive. Please don’t walk your dog along the footpaths, grave rows or near grave memorials (except guide dogs).

Other cemeteries Click to get info

We do not own or manage the Cemeteries below. 

For more information about these Cemeteries, please contact them directly.

Waltham Forest Muslim Burial Trust Cemetery
Folly Lane
London E17
Office: 020 8281 7359
Email: admin@faizaneislam.org.uk

St Patrick's Catholic Cemetery
Langthorne Road
E11 4HL
0208 539 2451

To enquire about other cemeteries in London, please contact a funeral director or the council the cemetery is in.

Exhumations Click to get info

You must get an exhumation licence from the Home Office to exhume buried remains.

Contact details Click to get info

For further information on cemeteries, burials or booking an appointment for a grave search, please contact us.

Chingford Mount Cemetery
121 Old Church Road
E4 7JB

Phone 020 8524 5030
Email cemeteries@walthamforest.gov.uk