Changes from Monday 19 July 2021
To ensure our visitors, funeral directors and staff feel and remain safe we will increase our capacity in the chapel at Skipton Crematorium to the following:
From Monday 19 July we can accommodate 66 people within the Chapel seated only.
There will be no restrictions to the amount of people who can attend outside.
There will be no need to social distance.
There will be no restrictions with regards to singing, organist, bearing coffins etc.
For the time being there will not be Hymn books available.
We will continue to urge everyone to wear a face covering whilst inside the chapel, as we would class this is a crowded and enclosed environment.
We will continue to urge families to keep a note of the people attending, should the NHS track and trace system require the information.
We will continue to still request that anyone who has Covid symptoms, has tested positive, or has to isolate does NOT attend.
Our webcasting services will of course be available.
Skipton Crematorium opened its doors on the 11th June 1952 and conducts over 1000 cremations per year. The Crematorium Chapel is the former unconsecrated Chapel. For anyone wishing to conduct historical researches we hold records for all our cremations undertaken from 1952 along with the final resting places of all ashes interred or scattered in Waltonwrays Cemetery.
For more about conducting historical researches please see our Burial and Cremation Records Page.
The Crematorium Chapel
The Crematorium Chapel is situated in the heart of Waltonwrays Cemetery and can be used for cremation services, burial services and memorial services.
Each service has a slot of 40 minutes which includes 10 minutes to enter and exit. The chapel runs its first service at 9:10am and the last at 3:00pm, Monday to Friday. Weekends are available on request, Saturdays ONLY.
Seating is available for up to 64 people with additional standing room and outside speakers and is accessible to wheelchair users. The lectern is fitted with an induction loop system for the hard of hearing.
We have an online music system in the chapel which allows music to be ordered from an extensive list covering anything from traditional classical to the more unusual pieces to ensure every funeral is unique to the individual. Our music system also includes a large selection of Hymns which can be paired up with service books available for the congregation to join in. An Organ is also situated in the chapel to which you are welcome to use.
Our Chapel is fitted with 2 wide screen TVs allowing us to show photo tributes of the deceased whilst the service is taking place. We have the facilities for a single photo to be shown all the way through the service, a slide show of up to 25 photos (with the option for additional photos should you require it) or a professional photo tribute where the photos will be timed to fade in out to a piece of music favoured by the deceased. We also allow family videos to be shown, for example: a wedding or special occasion.
As well as photos we can provide an instant live webcast and additional access to it for 28 days to ensure the service isn’t missed by those who cannot attend or are living away.
A DVD can also be provided creating a lasting memory of the service.
Find information on policies and guidelines for cremations.
Find out about burials and purchasing a grave
The Remembrance Chapel
The Remembrance Chapel, which is the former consecrated chapel, is situated up the main drive on the right hand side and houses the Book of Remembrance, Walton Gallery, Tree of Life, Book of Condolence and at Christmas a memorial tree.
This Chapel includes a Waiting Room and Public Toilets with access for the disabled and baby changing facilities.
Parking is available in front of the Remembrance Chapel, the main drive is wide enough for cars to park down one side and there is also parking as you enter the main gates of the cemetery on the right and left. Overflow parking is available on Carleton Road.