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Issued: November 22, 2015

Council seeks relatives over grave rights

Ongar Town Cemetery has been owned and managed by Ongar Town Council since it was opened in 1865. 

The Exclusive Right of Burials were purchased by relatives in perpetuity when the cemetery first opened.  This allowed relatives the right to keep the grave within their family and to be assured that no other burial would take place without their consent.

It also provided them with the right to place a memorial on the grave.

In 1962 this was changed to allow the Exclusive Right for 50 years only. Graves purchased in 1963 had this Right expire in 2013 and although the Exclusive Right ceased, relatives can renew the Right for a further 25 years.

The council is looking for the relatives of the following individuals:

* Henrietta Louise Morgan
* Leonard James Morgan
* Isabel Choat
* Amber Choat
* Joseph Burgess
* Charlotte Lilian Burgess
* Clifford Leon Lloyd
* Pauline Timms
* George Timms
* James Dearman
* Minnie Grace Dearman
* Ephraim Ransome
* Amelia Jane Bird Ransome.

Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst is urging relatives to come forward.

She said: “I would encourage families to contact the council. Having an owner that the council can contact is essential to administer the cemetery accurately and gives the relatives peace of mind by ensuring that these graves are properly looked after.

"If relatives have not come forward within six months of this notice the grave will be deemed to be abandoned and the council will have the right to make safe (lay flat) or remove unstable memorials.”

If you are, or know of, a relative of these persons and would like to renew the Exclusive Right, or just want more information regarding this, please contact Deputy Clerk Judith Farr on 01277 365348 or email

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