Sefton Council operates two cemeteries in Southport. One is at Duke Street near the town centre, the other off Liverpool Road in Ainsdale, which is actually known as Birkdale Cemetery. Both of the Southport cemeteries, despite having been in existence for well over one hundred years, are still open to new burials.
Duke Street Cemetery was developed in the 1860s. The older part, where there are many elaborate memorials, restricts vehicle access to protect its heritage. The modern sections are open to vehicles and only lawn type memorials are allowed to be erected at newly purchased burial plots there. In the 1990s a baby memorial garden was developed.
Birkdale Cemetery opened in 1903 and does not have the same restrictions as Duke Street. Sections there each contain a mixture of older and newer memorials with plots still available to purchase for both regular burials and cremated remains.. Although there is a chapel at Birkdale, it has been out of use since the 1970s.
The offices for Southport cemeteries are at Southport Crematorium, situated off the A570 road in Scarisbrick. Situated in 32 acres of woodland, memorial plaques can be purchased and placed in the glades. There is also a Book of Remembrance at the crematorium, situated in a room open 9am-4pm weekdays, 10am-4pm weekends and bank holidays.
As with most other local authorities, burial and memorial fees at Southport cemeteries vary depending on whether or not you are a resident of the Sefton metropolitan council area. Council officers do respond to queries regarding finding graves in either of the Southport cemeteries if you email them with the name of the deceased and year they passed away.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic that has caused logistical difficulties and staff resource issues, it is currently not possible to scatter or inter ashes at Southport Cemeteries. For updates on this situation, please follow this link.
Sarsfield Memorials is licensed to carry out work in Sefton cemeteries. If you are interested in purchasing a memorial for a grave, or renovating an existing one, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss your requirements and provide a free no obligation quote.