Bereavement Services

Leigh Cemetery Garden of Remembrance

WLCT Bereavement Services is a member of the Federation of British Cremation Authorities and Institute of Cemeteries and Crematorium Management.

We provide a range of services including cemeteries, crematorium, Gardens of Remembrance, Book of Remembrance, Memorials, Memorial Safety and Grounds Maintenance.


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Wigan and Leigh Residents Funeral Service

We know how stressful it is to lose a loved one. That’s why we’ve negotiated a fixed price funeral, representing excellent value for money.



Crematorium Chapel and Book of Remembrance Access

The Crematorium chapel and Book of Remembrance are accessible when there are no cremation service taking place and when staff are on duty.


As a general rule, between Monday and Friday staff are on duty between 10.00am and 4.00pm.


Access during the weekend is available every Saturdays except where there is a Crematorium anniversary service on the Sunday of the same week. In this case, access to the Crematorium Chapel and Book of Remembrance is available on the Sunday between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.


Please call us on 01942 866455 if you are planning to visit the Crematorium Chapel or the Book of Remembrance.


Book of Remembrance

Inscriptions can be placed on any special date, these can either be 2, 5 or 8 line entries.


There are options for 5 and 8 line entries of a floral emblem, badge, shield, crest or illuminated capitals. Full coat of arms is available (8 line only). Memorial card copies are available as a memento. The deluxe booklet has a number of pages for inscriptions, so further inscriptions may be added later.


Garden tablets

These are 18” x 12” green terrazzo tablets with a metal container. They are placed in the new Gardens of Remembrance with a number and provision to bury two sets of cremated remains under the tablet with an inscription of your choice on a brass plaque.


Tablets are available on a 25-year lease.


Seat plaques

These are 9” x 2” brass plates with black paint fill with 2-pack stove enamel that can be placed on seats in the Garden of Remembrance and some Cemetery seats.

Grounds maintenance

WLCT undertakes grass cutting and other grounds maintenance duties throughout the Wigan Council Cemeteries. The current grounds maintenance contract is managed by the grounds direct service organisation on behalf of Wigan Leisure Culture Trust. The contract, which was subject to a successful tender, was awarded to the Grounds Maintenance service team. This was to provide an improved standard of specification, which will provide standards across the Cemeteries.


Wigan Council War Memorials

The Cemeteries have responsibility of management of 12 War Memorials at the following locations:

Leigh Cenotaph, Church Street, Leigh.
Wigan Cenotaph, Wigan Parish Church gardens.
Tyldesley Cenotaph, Tyldesley Cemetery, Hough Lane, Tyldesley
Atherton Cenotaph, Leigh Road, Atherton.
Standish Cenotaph, Wigan Road, Standish.
Golborne Cenotaph, Barn Lane, Golborne.
Ashton War Memorial, Wigan Road, Ashton.
Platt Bridge, War Memorial, Neville street.
Hindley Cenotaph Corner of Atherton Road & Liverpool Road.
Higher Ince, Smithy Green.
Ince Cenotaph, Ince Cemetery, Warrington Road, Wigan.


Independent Funerals

Although a funeral director will be invited to organise the majority of funerals, some people prefer to organise funerals themselves.

The funeral director typically organises the funeral by collecting and moving the body, arranging embalming and viewing of the deceased, providing a coffin, hearse and other elements. Carrying out these services relieves the bereaved from doing what they may feel are unpleasant and difficult tasks. Ultimately, the funeral director must operate commercially and in charging for his or her services, funerals can be expensive. In addition, the funeral director imposes him/herself on the arrangements to a greater or lesser degree.

Some people do not wish to use a funeral director. This can be for a wide variety of reasons. They may feel that passing the body of a loved one over to strangers is wrong. Some feel that personally organising a funeral is their final tribute to the deceased person.


Others may simply wish to save money by doing everything themselves or may have used a funeral director on a previous occasion and found the experience unsatisfactory.


Some may feel that funerals arranged with a funeral director are routine and processed, and some may desire an innovative and different approach.


It is, of course, your right to make this decision without giving a reason.



No one can be cremated until cause of death is definitely known. There are certain forms that require an original signature. Ashes can be scattered in a Garden of Remembrance or in a favourite spot. They can buried in a church yard or cemetery, or they can be kept. Arrangements can also be made to erect a plaque.



Exhumations are generally rare and tend to be traumatic for the family involved. They can take a long time to arrange and are usually expensive. For these reasons, it is best to consult with all the relatives before proceeding.

Exhumation of both buried and cremated remains generally requires a Home Office Licence.


It is an offence to exhume any human remains without first obtaining the necessary lawful permissions. Additionally, an Environmental Health Officer must be present at the exhumation to ensure that there is no threat to public health. If the person is buried in Consecrated grounds, permission from the church must also be obtained. If the conditions of the licence cannot be met, or there are public health or decency concerns, the exhumation may not proceed.

Plans of cemeteries

Atherton Cemetery

Leigh Road, Atherton M46 0LX (view location in Google Maps).


Gidlow Cemetery

Wigan Road, Standish, Wigan WN6 0AD (view location in Google Maps).


Hindley Cemetery

Castle Hill Road, Hindley, Wigan WN2 4BU (view location in Google Maps).


Howe Bridge Cemetery

Lovers' Lane, Howe Bridge, Nr. Atherton M46 0PZ (view location in Google Maps).


Ince-in-Makerfield Cemetery

Warrington Road, Lower Ince, Wigan WN3 4NH (view location in Google Maps).


Leigh Cemetery

Manchester Road, Leigh WN7 2NP (view location in Google Maps).


Lower Ince Cemetery and Wigan Crematorium

Cemetery Road, off Warrington Road, Lower Ince, Wigan WN3 4NH (view location in Google Maps).


Tyldesley Cemetery

Hough Lane, Tyldesley M29 8WN (view location in Google Maps).


Westwood Cemetery

Westwood Lane, Lower Ince, Wigan WN3 4NX (view location in Google Maps).