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Whitburn Cemetery

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Register Office services

See which Register Office services are affected (marriages, funerals, registering a birth or death).

Face coverings

From 8 August 2020, it will be mandatory for guests to wear a face covering when attending a funeral or wedding or civil partnership ceremony.

We ask that you wear a face covering when entering any Council building.

There are exemptions. See government guidance on face coverings.

Cemeteries and the crematorium

Cemeteries and the crematorium are open.

Due to government guidance on social distancing, the Roll of Remembrance Chapel and Flower Chapel at South Shields Crematorium are closed until further notice.


  • Whitburn Cemetery
  • Mill Lane
    Tyne and Wear
    SR6 7ER

Opening times

  • April to September - 8am to 8pm
  • October to March - 8am to 5pm

About Whitburn Cemetery

Whitburn Cemetery opened in 1882, and covers an area of 5 acres. Anyone can be buried here irrespective of where they live or their religious beliefs.

The cemetery chapel is available to be used for funeral services.

In addition to the memorials on the graves, boulder memorials are located around the perimeter of the chapel. These can be purchased in memory of a loved one who is not buried in Whitburn Cemetery.

Visiting Whitburn Cemetery

  • Cars are allowed to drive through the cemetery. The speed limit is 10 mph.
  • We welcome careful and considerate dog owners. Dogs must be kept on a lead no longer than 1.5 metres. It is an offence to not clean up after your dog.
  • There is no cemetery office on site.

Family history and genealogy research

Copies of Whitburn Cemetery's burial records are held in the Local Studies Department of The Word. The records are free to use. They're in great demand so it's a good idea to make an appointment to use them. You can contact the library on 0191 424 7860.

If you're unable to visit the library, we can conduct research for you. However, there is a charge for this service. Contact us for more information or use the Burial records search facility.


Whitburn cemetery map

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