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Frequently Asked Questions - Bereavement

Who is responsible for the provision of the Council's burial and cremation services?

The burial and cremation service is managed by the Environment Department within Wrexham County Borough Council.

What cremation facilities are the council responsible for?

Wrexham Crematorium (Pentrebychan) has 44 acres of grounds, in a mainly natural woodland setting. Formerly the site of Pentrebychan Hall, the crematorium, built in 1966, carries out approx. 1600 cremations per year. Cremation services are available Monday - Friday, each half hour from 09.00 hrs.

A full colour brochure describing the crematorium and its setting, is available from the crematorium.

What cemeteries is the council responsible for?

Wrexham Cemetery
140 Ruabon Road,
LL13 3RJ.

Telephone: 01978 263159

(An answering machine will record messages)

The cemetery (18 acres) was opened in 1876. Facilities exist for adult and infant burials in both purchased and public graves. A cemetery chapel, seating 40, is available for funeral services. Funeral times are Monday - Friday from 09.00 hrs each day.

The Cemetery grounds are open to the public from 09.00 to sunset Monday - Friday, and 09.00 - 17.00 Weekends.

A number of leaflets describing the cemetery and burial provisions provided by the Council are available from the cemetery office or from Wrexham Crematorium.

See also further information about Wrexham Cemetery

For funeral bookings and further information, please contact the Cemeteries & Crematorium Registrar.

What about other cemeteries in the area?

A number of Local Community Councils within the County Borough operate their own cemeteries. The Registrar can supply a list of contact names and telephone numbers for details of facilities.

Who can I contact for information?

For Cemetery Provisions, Funeral Bookings and further information please contact:

Cemeteries & Crematorium Registrar
Wrexham Crematorium
LL14 4EP

Telephone: 01978 840068
Fax: 01978 846211

Email: crematorium@wrexham.gov.uk

Must I use a Funeral Director to arrange a funeral?

No. The Registrar will be pleased to advise those wishing to self-organise a funeral.

However, making private arrangements, particularly with regard to obtaining the documents required for cremation, can be distressful at a time of bereavement. For this reason we would always recommend the engagement of a professional Funeral Director to make the arrangements.

A list of local Funeral Directors can be obtained from the Crematorium Office.

How can I arrange an environmentally friendly funeral?

The Cemeteries & Crematorium Service publish a leaflet entitled "Funeral Options" which discusses differing formats of burial and cremation, including: alternative coffins for burial and cremation, woodland burial, and burial in private land. Copies are available from the Crematorium Office.

What is the "Charter For The Bereaved"?

Promoted by the Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management (link to external website), and by the Confederation of Burial Authorities (link to external website), the Charter sets out 33 rights or standards of service against which burial and cremation services can be judged.

Copies of the Charter are available from the crematorium, the cemetery office, and from the Environmental Department at Crown Buildings, Chester Street, Wrexham.

Can I find Family History Information?

A computerised record of all interments from 1876 to the present day is maintained in the cemetery office, and, during normal working hours, cemetery staff will try to assist visitors seeking to locate graves.

For deeper research purposes, access to original cemetery records and registers can be gained by appointment with the Superintendent.

An online marriages index search facility is available on this website, which allows you to search through the marriage index of the Wrexham County Borough for the years 1837 to 1997.

The Wrexham Cemetery Burial Records Search Facility is available on this website, which returns details of burials at the authority’s main Wrexham Cemetery, for the years 1876 (when the cemetery opened) to 1989.

A copy of the computerised burial records covering the period 1876 to 1989 can be accessed via Wrexham County Borough Museum, which also operates a family history research unit to assist those trying to locate sources of information on births and deaths.

Please also see:

Can I find War Graves information?

Two memorials commemorate Wrexham citizens who died from wounds received during active service with the British and Commonwealth armed forces. There is also a designated section maintained on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission containing the marked graves of individual service personnel.

In addition, a memorial located near to the entrance of the cemetery commemorates the many Polish service personnel who are interred in the cemetery and who fought alongside British forces in World War II. A book listing the graves of all WWII Polish service personnel buried in North Wales can be accessed at the cemetery office.