Butterwick Road Cemetery in Sedgefield has been used since approximately 1908. It consists of nearly 4,000 grave spaces and it replaced the old Cemeteries on Beacon Lane and St Edmund’s Churchyard when they became fully used.
Cemetery Lodge stands at the entrance to Butterwick Road Cemetery. At one time this was home to the Sexton whose job it was to dig the graves and generally maintain the grounds, as well as attending each and every burial. In addition, the Sexton kept all of the Burial records and accounts. Today this work is done by a combination of Town Council Staff and their appointed contractors. The Lodge is let out privately.
The actual burial areas within Butterwick Cemetery are accessed by walking past Cemetery Lodge up the main pathway between the shrubs and trees. To the right of the path just before entering the actual burial area is a small paved area with a seat and small memorial. This area is to remember the many stillborn children who were buried here in the past.
The Cemetery’s burial area consists of two main sections to the left and right of the pathway. Section B on the left is nearly filled, as any empty spaces have been reserved for future interments. Section A to the right is being used at the present time. Beyond these areas to the right hand side of the covered shelter are the Gardens of Remembrance. These are for the burial of ashes and plaques may be then laid over the plot. The nearby covered shelter is a place where visitors can sit and reflect.
To the far right of Section A is the Winterton Memorial. This remembers the many patients from the Winterton Hospital who were buried here. Many of these were in pauper’s graves and have no headstones or markings to remember the person. It was felt appropriate to make sure they were not forgotten.
If you would like to purchase a grave within this Cemetery, have a family history enquiry or an issue regarding a headstone memorial please contact the Town Council Offices. To view the Butterwick Road Cemetery Rules and Regulations please click here.
Cemetery Expansion Works:
The Town Council are currently working on plans to expand the Cemetery. When finalised information will be published on this website and in the Sedgefield Extra.
The Town Council must request that you do not scatter ashes in the cemetery. For anyone wishing to arrange the disposal or interment of ashes, please contact us.