Cemetery & Crematorium


NOTICE by The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, section 5 (8)

Due to the Emergency restrictions currently in place, the Cemetery and Crematorium is closed to members of the public except for funeral or burials.

This gate is open for the arrival of Funerals only. Please do not enter for any other purpose. The gates at Horncastle Road and Red Cap Lane are locked.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and thank-you for your co-operation during this very difficult period.

At the present time funeral services are operating as normal at Boston Crematorium, however, the office and public reception area is closed but contact can be made by telephoning 01205 364612 or emailing crematorium@boston.gov.uk

Following government advice regarding social gatherings, we wanted to bring to your attention the following changes to the way we are operating whilst we face the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus.

In order for us to continue these services we are taking the following measures to reduce the risk of infection:

  • Seating reduced in the chapel to discourage large numbers and reduce the close proximity of mourners (please consider whether it is wise for you to attend)
  • Mourners are discouraged from touching the coffin to avoid the risk of cross infection
  • Remove all hymn books but we are more than happy to photocopy the hymn for use in the service which can then be discarded afterwards. Please request this at the point of booking the service
  • Also we will be sanitising between services, handles, lectern, modesty boards, toilets and surfaces.

We want to reassure you that we will take every possible action to ensure that your service will be as safe from the Coronavirus as possible.

In an effort to reduce transmission of the Coronavirus, HM Government has introduced strict guidelines relating to social gatherings. At the present time funeral services are permitted to go ahead but those in attendance should be limited to the following persons related to the Deceased:

  • Spouse/Partner
  • Parents/Carers
  • Brothers/Sisters
  • Children (and partners)

Please do not attend if you are not one of the above.

Funeral services can be recorded (you must request this) and a media file can be sent to you electronically if desired.
We are very sorry to have to introduce these measures, but this is necessary to protect everyone, and is in line with Government requirements and advice issued by the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities.


Find out information about Boston cemetery, Boston crematorium and Fosdyke cemetery. You can also find out about memorials and access the online Book of Remembrance.

Boston cemetery is at the same site as the crematorium and directions can be found on the ‘how to find us’ page opposite.

Boston cemetery was opened in 1855 and since then nearly 38,000 burials have taken place. A full index of burials is kept at the cemetery office, and it is possible to locate every grave, given the name of the deceased and approximate date of death.

There are some 10,000 memorials in the cemetery, which the local Family History group has indexed and recorded. The cemetery office has a copy of this index also. Prior to the opening of this cemetery, burials would have taken place in local churchyards or in the former St. Johns Cemetery, Skirbeck Road, Boston. Records for St. Johns cemetery and older churchyard burials are kept at Lincoln Archives Office, Rumbold Street, Lincoln. St. Johns Cemetery has been cleared of memorials.

In the original part of Boston cemetery several impressive memorials can be found, the most famous of which is that to Sir Herbert Ingram MP, founder of the London Illustrated News.  Ingram drowned along with his son, when the vessel they were aboard sank on Lake Michigan in North America.  His body was returned to Boston and buried in the cemetery.  Dogs are not permitted in the cemetery, except for guide dogs, or a dog accompanying a person attending a funeral service.

Opening times for Boston cemetery:

  • November, December, January – 9am to 5pm
  • February – 9am to 5.30pm
  • March and October – 9am to 6pm
  • April – 9am to 8pm
  • May, June, July, August – 9am to 8.30pm
  • September – 9am to 7.30pm



Boston crematorium opened in April 1966 and currently receives about 900 funerals each year.

The crematorium is set within 19 acres of landscaped grounds which are laid to lawn, with memorial rose beds, and many varieties of trees and shrubs.

There is car parking at the crematorium, a waiting room with public toilets, and also disabled persons toilet facilities. There are no catering facilities, but there are a number of cafes and teashops close by in the town.

Boston Borough Council is a member of the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities.

For more information please use the contact details on the left.

Opening times for Boston crematorium:

  • Offices & Chapel open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm; closed weekends and public holidays
  • Book of Remembrance open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm; open weekends and public holidays 9am to 4pm
  • Grounds – same as Boston cemetery


Book of Remembrance

The book of remembrance may be viewed at the crematorium 365 days a year and can be accessed online by clicking the link below.


Fosdyke cemetery

Fosdyke cemetery is administered from the cemetery office at Boston.

This small village cemetery dates from 1952, and is located in Bell Lane, Fosdyke, within the borough of Boston. Fosdyke is approximately eight miles South of the town of Boston. 

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