Churchyard and Cemetery Burials

A churchyard or cemetery burial provides a permanent memorial or mausoleum where you can visit your loved one whenever you wish.

Whatever the chosen final resting place for your loved one we will be on hand to provide support and information.  For many this is comforting and helps with the grieving process.  Burial is normally preferred by the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths and among older generations is generally considered more traditional.

Under English common law anyone who lives in a parish has the right to be buried in the local churchyard or burial ground. Also anyone who dies in a parish has the same right irrespective of the length of time they have lived there.

Churchyards and cemeteries all have unique rules, regulations and fee structures. Seating capacity and amenities will also vary and we can provide appropriate information and advice regarding local venues.

If you wish to bury your loved one in a family plot we will try to organise its re-opening assuming that permission can be obtained and enough space is available.  In cases where the grave documents have been mislaid we can usually resolve the matter promptly and without delaying the funeral.


Churchyards invariably belong to the adjoining parish church. Certificates of ownership for graves (Deeds) are rarely issued for churchyards. 


Cemeteries are typically owned and operated by a Parish Council, Local Authority or a private company.  They differ from churchyards in that they normally issue certificates of ownership (Deeds).

Terms and Conditions

We understand how difficult a time it can be to arrange the funeral of a loved one, as well as considering covering the costs.

In recognition of this we will never ask for any type of deposit or ‘upfront fees’ before a funeral service takes place. We allow those using our services the time to arrange your finances, providing a detailed estimate of the funeral cost before the service takes place. This allows you to focus on the funeral ceremony, without a need to pay any deposit or upfront fees

We will write to the family before the funeral confirming all dates, times and details of the arrangements and include a fully itemised estimate with the confirmations.

We do not require any type of deposit or ‘upfront’ payment. An invoice will be sent 7 days after the funeral.

Our payment terms are 28 days from the date of invoice.

Please see our pricing for more specific information.

If you have any concerns financially or would need extra time to pay for a funeral, please contact us, as we are always willing to help in any way possible

Churchyards & Cemeteries in the Swindon Area

Kingsdown cemetery and crematorium, Kingsdown Road, Swindon, SN25 6SG

Radnor Street cemetery, Radnor Street, Swindon, SN1 3PS

Whitworth Road Cemetery, Whitworth Road, Swindon, SN25 3AS

Purton Cemetery, Church Street, Purton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 4DS

Lower Stratton - St Margaret's Church, Kenwin Close, Stratton, SN3 4NB

Lydiard Millicent Church Cemetery, Church St, Purton, Swindon SN5 4DT

Chiseldon Cemetery, Butts Rd, Chiseldon, Swindon SN4

Wroughton & Wichelstowe Parish Church, Church Hill, Wroughton, Swindon SN4 9JS

Royal Wootton Bassett Cemetery, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon SN4 8AF

Highworth Cemetery, Highworth, Swindon SN6 7RJ

Shrivenham Parish Cemetery, 32 Stainswick Lane, Swindon, Oxfordshire, SN6 8DW

Watchfield Parish Cemetery, St Thomas’s Church, High St, Watchfield, SN6 8TE


By listening to you we will respectfully guide you, ensuring that the final act of saying goodbye is arranged in the way that reflects you and your loved one.

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I wanted to say thank you for all your assistance and support in the time from Mum’s death to her funeral. I have been grateful for your guidance and advice in an area where I have so little knowledge and found myself not knowing what action to take next.

From the first conversation it was evident that you were the right person to help us through this difficult time. I would not hesitate to recommend your services to others.


On behalf of my family and I, we would all like to express our sincere thanks to you all at Pearce Funeral Services for looking after our mother and directing her funeral. John, the day I met you I trusted my mother to your services. 

You walked into my home and an older brother, became like a member of our family, and lightened our grief, we thank you so much. Everything you have done for our mother was perfect.


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