As the Government's Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines change, we will review the restrictions in place at the Crematorium and Cemetery and the amount of mourners we can accommodate within the chapel for cremation and burial services.
The capacity within the chapel is currently 15 attendees in order to comply with the governments 2 metre social distancing. We are further permitting 15 attendees outside the chapel, allowing 30 attendees to a service.
We kindly ask that you still adhere to guidance regarding social distancing, please do not attend if you are showing any signs of Covid 19.
Our webcasting service, which is available up to 28 days after the service, is available for all chapel services, please contact the family and their Funeral Director for more information.
Our Book of Remembrance Chapel is open as usual.
We sincerely apologise for any distress this will cause however, we have a duty of care to everyone attending our services and the staff working at the crematorium.
From January 2021, the amount of mourners attending a commemorative event, such as scattering/interment of ashes or a wake, has been decreased to six persons, all of whom must social distance correctly and follow the correct legislation. Families visiting their loved ones' resting places within our cemeteries must abide by the 'rule of six' regulations.
Government guidance confirms that people living within a very high category area are able to travel to a funeral within a different Covid alert level.
Craven District Council’s Bereavement Services can be contacted on 01756 796118 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.