Cemeteries in PortsmouthLast updated: 22 October 2013 17:08 UK
Portsmouth has three cemetaries, Milton Road, Kingston and Highland Road, although the latter no longer accepts new burials. The nearest crematorium is Portchester crematorium.
Summary information and opening hours of Portsmouth cemetaries and books of remembrance are below. Find out more about graves and headstones or memorial seats.
For more information email email@example.com or phone the cemeteries office on 023 9273 2559.
Portsmouth cemeteriesVehicles - should remain on the main drives. Please don't drive on the narrow pathways because it damages them and the grave spaces, as well as obstructing other visitors. If you or your passenger is disabled, contact the cemeteries office who will devise a route for you and issue a permit.
Dogs - are welcome, but please keep them on a lead. There are bins for dog waste. We constantly receive complaints about dog faeces on graves, which can be very upsetting for people.
Milton cemetery - 197 Milton Road, Milton, PO4 8RS
- the cemetery office is based here
- over 25 acres in size and holds approximately 200 burials per year
- opened April 1912 (the same week that the Titanic sank).
Kingston cemetery - St Mary's Road, Fratton, PO1 5PQ
- also known as Portsea or St. Mary's cemetery
- vehicle access is for cemetery visitors only. Parking is limited to the main drive only. Vehicle gates are locked 15 minutes before closing time (see table below).
- Christmas day vehicle access is 9am to noon
- vehicle gates remain closed when Portsmouth Football Club plays home games on Saturday or Sunday. Midweek match days the vehicle gates are locked at 4pm.
- holds approximately 400 burials per year
- opened in 1854 and, at 52 acres in size, is Portsmouth's largest cemetery.
Milton and Kingston cemeteries open at 9am all year round. Closing times vary:
|Months||Milton & Kingston cemetaries close at:|
|May to August||8pm|
|November to January||4pm|
Highland cemetery - Highland Road, Southsea, PO4 9AH
- graves of historical interest with many decorated servicemen and women, associates of Dickens and royalty buried here
- the last available plot was used in 1956 but existing family plots are still re-opened and used
- also known as Eastney cemetery, opened in 1854 and 17 acres in size.
Books of remembrance
Books of Remembrance are displayed to the public in a specially designed cabinet in the chapel at both Milton and Kingston cemeteries between the hours of 9am and 4pm.
The page with the inscription will be open on the first anniversary of the date of death and on that same day each year thereafter.
The book is sent away for the inscription to be entered by expert craftsmen who need three months' notice for an inscription to be ready for the first anniversary. Service badges, floral emblems or organisational crests (such as Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, British Legion, Salvation Army, Trade Union, RWVS, Red Cross, St. John Ambulance) may be incorporated in the inscription.
Please contact the cemetery office for further advice.
Exhuming a body
It can be a lengthy and costly process to follow the legal process to exhume a body. Exhumations tend to be very traumatic for the family involved, so it is best to consult all relatives and appropriate people first. If you do decide to proceed, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the cemeteries office on 023 9273 2559 for help and advice.