Churchyard Enquiries

At Darenth and Horton Kirby, the churches own the churchyards and enquiries can be directed to the churchwardens or vicar. At Sutton-at-Hone, the burial ground is owned and maintained by Sutton-at-Hone and Hawley Parish Council. For any enquiries about Sutton-at-Hone burial ground, please go directly to the clerk of the parish council here.

Burial Records:

If you are interested in finding out where family members have been buried at Darenth, or at the church's burial grounds in Horton Kirby, we have good burial records and can carry out searches in the registers to help you locate burial locations. There is a statutory fee for this of £30 for a search of up to an hour, which we will carry out for you.

New Burials or Interments of Ashes:

For information about burials at Sutton-at-Hone, please contact the clerk to the parish council, as above.

The churchyard at St Mary's Horton Kirby has limited space for the interment of ashes but only in existing plots: so, for example, if you have had one family member's ashes interred in the churchyard, the ashes of an immediate family member can often be added to that plot. If you are looking for a plot to have a full burial. or a new interment of ashes plot, contact Horton Kirby and South Darenth Parish Council here who administer the civic burial ground.

St Margaret's churchyard has space still for new plots for the interment of ashes, with a well-maintained memorial stone on which names can be engraved. It is also possible to inter ashes into the existing burial plots of family members.

Churchyard Maintenance:

The maintenance of plots is the responsibility of the family. The church has neither the resources nor the legal responsibility to maintain the churchyard in terms of weed control etc, although we do put on working parties to supplement the work of the borough councils, whose responsibility it is to maintain the churchyards by the cutting of grass etc.

A document called The Churchyard Regulations governs what may be left in churchyards to mark burial locations. Principally only natural flowers, without pastic wrapping etc, are allowed to mark graves: artificial flowers and other non-biodegradable memorials are dangerous to the wildlife which lives in the churchyards and these may be removed without permission. We don't want to upset anyone by removing memorials that have been purchased and placed with love, so we ask that the regulations are followed in order not to put us in this complicated situation.