Joint Parishes Sign at the entrance to the cemeteryBotolphs Cemetery lies in the Adur Valley, within the South Downs National Park, long recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty.  It is a non-denominational cemetery and was created by the Parish Councils of Bramber, Steyning and Upper Beeding in August 1988, under the Trusteeship of the Joint Parishes Burial Board.  In keeping with its rural surroundings, Botolphs has been designed as a lawned cemetery.

The aim of the Board is to preserve and enhance the rural nature of Botolphs Cemetery.  In keeping with its location, it is the Board’s objective that it remains a place where everyone is able to mourn the loss of their loved ones in an area of peace and tranquility.   Botolphs is and will continue to be the final resting place primarily for local people, although people from outside the area may also be buried or interred there, subject to the agreement of the Board.

Applications, either for ‘at need’ burial or ashes to be interred in Botolphs Cemetery, should be made to the Clerk via your appointed Funeral Director; in order that the correct plot number can be allocated.  However, applications for ‘advance purchase’ of the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial should be made directly with the Clerk.

St. Botolphs Church has stood for over one thousand years and was re-dedicated to St. Botolph, after the Norman Conquest. Today, the Church provides a quiet place for prayer, meditation and comfort the bereaved.


view of gravestones in the cemeteryAll burial and cremation plots are allocated in strict number order; specific plots cannot be reserved in advance.

Arrangements, at no further cost, will be made for grass seed to be sown on burial and cremation plots, once the earth has re-settled.

Shrubs, plants or rose bushes are permitted in the flower borders with the Board’s approval; however, they are not permitted on any burial or cremation plot.

Artificial flowers are not permitted at Botolphs Cemetery.

In order to maintain the unspoiled peace and tranquillity of Botolphs Cemetery, the Board reserves the right to remove any inappropriate artefacts, placed on graves or cremation plots, which have not received the Board’s approval.

In case of any uncertainty, please contact the Clerk in the first instance.

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