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Burials and cremations

West Lancashire's cemeteries  

We operate two interdenominational cemeteries:

  • Certain areas within St Paul's Church, Church Road, Skelmersdale  
  • Liverpool Road Cemetery, Liverpool Road, Skelmersdale  

Plots for burials and cremations  

There are no new grave spaces left in either cemetery, but there are ashes plots at the cemetery at Liverpool Road, Skelmersdale. There are other cemeteries available at some churches in West Lancashire and at Pippin Street, Burscough - visit West Lancashire Cemetery and Crematorium (external link) for details.

If you have a family plot and it needs to be opened for a burial, you should contact Street Scene Services, your undertaker will usually do this on your behalf.  

The council does not conduct municipal funerals.      


We do not operate a crematorium in West Lancashire.

There is a private crematorium in Burscough, visit West Lancashire Crematorium (external link) for more info.

There are also crematoria facilities in neighbouring authorities:


Exhumations can only take place if permission has been granted from the Home Office. Environmental Health will get involved to co-ordinate the process and ensure it is done safely and with decency. Please contact Andrew Hill, Environmental Protection Manager, on 01695 585243 or email a.hill@westlancs.gov.uk.      

More information and who to contact  

Download the Burial Rights document (PDF 35kb) which details:  

  • Cemeteries rules 
  • When burials can take place  
  • How much notice you need to give  
  • Regulations governing memorials  

For the administration of burials in the Council's cemeteries please contact Street Scene Services, Robert Hodge Centre, Stanley Way, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 8EE Tel: 01695 577177  Email: burials@westlancs.gov.uk