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The Crematorium is situated just outside of Durham on South Road (A177 just off A167). The entrance to the Crematorium is clearly signposted, and the driveway, through landscaped grounds, leads to car parking adjacent to the main buildings.

Views over the meadowland

The Chapel, designed by J P Chaplin, A.R.I.B.A. is hexagonal in shape and has large windows, giving panoramic views over the meadowland surrounding the building and of the distant woodland surrounding the site.

 Crematorium Seats Altar

The Chapel has seating for approximately 100 people, with standing room for a further 50. Service times are every hour and half hour, allowing some 20 minutes for each service and giving time for the Chapel to be tidied between each funeral.

Services can be tailored to individual requirements, with the aid of the Wesley Music System which provides a highly specialized music service and a modern electronic organ and an organist are available by arrangement, as well as the facility to undertake webcasts and visual tributes. The Registrar or any member of the Crematorium staff, will be pleased to offer advice on any matter relating to the crematorium or the services provided.

The building is wheelchair accessible and there is a disabled toilet and also a wheelchair available on site. An induction loop system for the hard of hearing is fitted in the chapel.

A Book of Remembrance is available, which provides a permanent form of memorial. A walled Memorial Garden was officially opened in November 2002 and provides a peaceful environment within the Garden of Remembrance, for quiet contemplation. This garden features a pond complete with bronze cranes and four gentle fountains.

Crematorium fountain

The walled garden is paved and level, offering easy access, with a dedicated car park nearby. Memorial Vase Blocks and Wall Plaques are available for a renewable period of ten years.

Full details of the Book of Remembrance and Memorial Plaques are available from the Crematorium Office.

Ashes can be witness scattered on the meadowland that lies behind the main building subject to a suitable appointment being made with families and the crematorium.