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E13 0HB

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Crematorium information

Important Update 22nd June 2020 – Reopening of memorial grounds

Following a recent update from the Government regarding the closures of crematorium and cemetery grounds, The CMG are pleased to inform you that our memorial grounds have now re-opened to members of the public.

East London Crematorium is now open for pedestrian access Monday to Saturday 8am – 5pm and Sundays 10am – 5pm. The Main Gate is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (no entry after 4:30pm)

The CMG would like to politely remind all visitors that social distancing must always be respected within our grounds, ensuring that you remain at least 2 meters apart from other visitors and staff.

In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff, our offices and other public areas will remain closed until further notice. If you need to contact a member of staff, please use the telephone number provided on our website.

Thank you for your continued support.


The East London Cemetery and Crematorium is situated in Plaistow and serves the London Borough of Newham and surrounding areas. The cemetery was opened in 1872. The site covers approximately 33 acres.

The site has a great sense of community and people choose us because they feel we offer the personal touch with staff that treat everyone with dignity and respect.

The 19th century cremation and burial chapels can seat 70 people, with standing room for a further 30. Each chapel has an organ or families can choose to have their music played on a CD player. Both chapels have access for the disabled, disabled toilets and an induction loop. A taped audio cassette of the service is available to the family upon request and by prior arrangement.

The cremation chapel is non-denominational and is decorated in a simple yet elegant style. The burial chapel has been consecrated by the Church of England and is decorated in the traditional style with impressive stained-glass windows, which were designed by Archibald John Davies.

Families can choose from a variety of memorial options to remember their loved ones, including our rose garden, private gardens, ribbon gardens and above-ground ash plots. Families can also purchase memorials for graves such as headstones and additional hearts, books and pots for inscriptions.

New developments to the site, which will offer families even more choice, include the provision of vaults and mausoleums and a new waterfall feature. Our memorial staff are available to offer advice and to show you around the site, which is open 365 days a year.

Opening Hours

The Office:
Our offices and buildings will now be closed, in accordance with current law. They will only open for funeral services.

Pedestrain Gate:
Mon to Sat - Open at 08:30am with last entry at 4:30pm and gates shut at 5:00pm
Sunday - Open at 10:00am with last entry at 4:30pm and gates shut at 5:00pm

Main Gates:
Mon to Fri - 9am to 5pm with last entry at 4:30pm
Sat & Sun - 10:00am with last entry at 4:30pm and gates shut at 5:00pm

The Memorial Office:
Closed - Available by telephone or email only

The Book of Remembrance Room:
Due to the current restrictions we have had to make some changes to this service. Before visiting, please contact the crematorium directly.


Parking is available on the roads within the crematorium grounds.

Our fees

We know that understanding what goes into the cost of a funeral can sometimes be difficult for families. We also recognise that understanding the overall financial implications of arranging a funeral is important. To this end we have included a downloadable price list of the services available to you.

It is important to us that any confusion is completely removed to help families to fully understand what the Cremation Fee includes, and what this means as part of the wider cost of the funeral. We have outlined the elements that are necessary to provide a cremation service to you below, although of course we would be happy to discuss any further queries you might have directly with you. You can contact us at any time to talk through any further options and any fees that might apply.

The cremation fee includes the following:

  • All professional services relating to the administration and registration of the cremation, in line with statutory regulation.
  • The use of our Chapel along with the assistance of a trained staff member on the day of the service.
  • The provision of music during the funeral service (please contact the Crematorium for details of our available options).
  • The sensitive handling of the cremation in line with environmental legislation.
  • The appropriate national environmental levy for mercury abatement.
  • The scattering or interment of the ashes within our Gardens of Remembrance, or the preparation for their removal along with a suitable container and the Cremation Certificate.
  • Alternatively, we will look after the ashes for an indefinite period without charge whatsoever.

We also offer weekend services, fees for which along with  other available services are detailed in the PDF attachment entitled Cremation Price List

Direct cremation

We have a number of options available to meet the ever increasing demand for this service which are detailed below.

Unattended Direct Cremation

  • There will be no service in the chapel and no mourners in attendance.
  • Sometime following the cremation, staff at the Crematorium will contact the Applicant to confirm instructions for the ashes in order to offer any further assistance. There are many occasions when families change their decision having had time for further thought and discussion.

Attended Direct Cremation

  • The attended direct cremation is available at 9.00am.
  • This option enables families to attend the crematorium to see the coffin in the chapel and be able to spend a few moments with the coffin before the leaving the chapel.
  • The crematorium staff will be available to help and assist you during the time at the crematorium, showing you both in and out of the chapel at the appropriate times.
  • Music may also be played should you wish.
  • Sometime following the cremation, staff at the Crematorium will contact the Applicant to confirm instructions for the ashes in order to offer any further assistance. There are many occasions when families change their mind having had time for further thought.

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