Putney Vale Crematorium
Coronavirus. Updated 24 March 2020 at 15:30
As you are aware, we are in unprecedented times, and therefore have had to make necessary changes to our facilities to ensure that we follow Government guidance on limiting the spread of Coronavirus.
We are taking the necessary steps to keep our communities safe.
Closure of public areas. From Tuesday 24 March the recordia room and memorial areas of the crematorium building will be closed until further notice – including the weekends. We regret that you will not be able to visit memorials inside the building, including the niches and the book of remembrance. You may view the book of remembrance on-line. Please visit the memorials page above.
The office is now closed to the public, but you can still contact us. For urgent enquiries please call us on 020 3959 0090. For non-urgent enquiries please email email@example.com and we will respond when we can.
Please be aware that the public toilets at the crematorium will not be available at weekends. The disabled toilet (at the crematorium) will only be available to family members attending funeral services on request.
Funeral services. The chapels will only be opened for funeral services and we have introduced special measures to protect the public and staff including restrictions on the number of mourners and who is permitted to attend services. Funeral directors have been fully briefed and families with funerals in the coming weeks have been advised accordingly.
Cemetery access. For now, the cemetery will open to the public during the normal advertised hours.
Should you visit the cemetery/gardens? We suggest that you do not visit the cemetery or the gardens during this time but if you do please follow the advice from the NHS to limit the risk of infection. Please do not approach grounds staff who continue to maintain the grounds to the usual high standard without the risk of infection.
We thank you for your understanding at these difficult times and wish everybody well.
Putney Vale Crematorium stands within the grounds of Putney Vale cemetery surrounded by Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common. The site covers 47 acres. Putney Vale was established as a crematorium in 1938.
We have two contrasting chapels provided for cremation services.
West chapel is a typical Church of England styled chapel with high beamed ceilings and ornate woodwork. There is sufficient seating on pews for up to 80 mourners and room for another 30 or so people to stand. Should a larger congregation be expected we can provide external speakers so that people outside and hear the service or for a small fee you can hire the east chapel where the additional mourners can listen and watch the service on the display screens.
East chapel is our modern bright and airy chapel with white walls and less ornate features. East chapel can seat up to 70 mourners with up to 30 more standing. There are two display screens in East chapel which can display a photograph of your loved one throughout the service or a range of slide show options are also available.
Music is provided by the Obitus music system (please speak to the funeral arranger or the office for more information) or a quality organ is available should you wish to provide an organist. Please note that we do not accept audio CD’s or media devices and the Obitus system must be used for all pre-recorded music.
Webcasting/recording of services is available in both chapels. It is possible to stream the funeral service ‘live’ over the internet so that mourners who can not attend can watch the service. You may also purchase a copy of a service on a range of media (DVD/Blu-ray/memory stick). Please speak to the funeral arranger or the office for more information.
The floral tribute area is located adjacent to the entrance to west chapel. A large patio area laid in york stone providing an area for the floral tributes to be placed so that mourners can view the flowers after the service. The flowers remain in the area for one week after the service and are then be cleared by our staff.
The gardens of remembrance offer a peaceful area for families to scatter the cremated remains of their loved ones. Within the main ‘formal’ gardens cremated remains can be scattered under one of the many trees and in the glade of remembrance, a more natural woodland setting the cremated remains can be scattered on the grass.
Memorials. If desired a memorial can be purchased on a renewable lease. There are a selection of memorials which are located in the gardens near to where the cremated remains are scattered or you can purchase a cremated remains grave or vault to include the placing of the cremated remains. At the rear of the crematorium building is the recordia room which houses the book of remembrance and some of our memorial plaques. Please click on the ‘memorial options’ link at the top of the page for more information.
Please click on a title below to view pictures from around the crematorium and gardens
Annual Memorial Service 2019
Our annual service of thanksgiving and remembrance took place on Sunday 8th September 2019. Click the below link for information. Next years service will be held on Sunday 13th September as part of our open day. More information will appear here nearer the time.Find out more