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Snell Hatch Cemetery

New Cemetery site agreed

Crawley Borough Council has agreed to build the town’s new cemetery at Little Trees near Tollgate Hill. The site was agreed at a meeting of the Full Council on Wednesday (17 December).

The 12-acre site, which is on council-owned land at the Guides’ campsite adjacent to the A264 Crawley South West By-Pass, will provide enough cemetery space for up to 50 years.

Since the site was identified as a possible location for a cemetery earlier this year the council has carried out a variety of assessments and investigations to see if Little Trees was suitable. These included:

  • A traffic impact assessment to investigate traffic movements in the area
  • An ecological/habitat survey was carried out to identify the wildlife and protected species within the site
  • A topographical survey on site
  • An arboricultural survey to record the position and condition of the trees on site
  • A ground investigation to record water levels

All of the tests showed that Little Trees is a suitable site for a cemetery.

During consultation which ran from 13 October until 11 November 2014 we asked people what they thought about using this site as the location for a new cemetery. The results of this consultation are detailed in the report below.

The Guides have agreed to move from Little Trees to a new base in the Tilgate Forest Recreation Centre, with adjacent land set aside for camping.

Crawley Borough Council owns and manages Snell Hatch Cemetery, The Dingle, West Green, Crawley RH11 7JB.  The car park entrance is accessed from Goffs Lane.

Opening hours

The cemetery is open every day (including weekends and bank holidays) between these hours:

9am – 4pm     October to March

9am – 7pm     April to September 

The cemetery is open for burials on weekdays: 

10am – 3pm Monday to Thursday

10am – 2pm Friday

Snell Hatch offers the following choice of graves:

Lawn Graves

All new graves are in the lawn section. Memorials allowed are headstones at the head of the grave. The rest of the grave is grassed. There is a small area either side of the headstone where summer and winter bedding may be planted.

Cremated Remains Areas

A new section of the cemetery has been set aside for the burial of cremated remains. Concrete kerbs allow two bronze plaques to be fixed and a memorial vase placed.  Unfortunately no other memorials or tributes are allowed. 

Muslim Graves

A section has been set aside within Snell Hatch Cemetery for burial of people of the Muslim faith.


All the original burial registers are kept at the Town Hall and may be inspected by appointment. The cemetery was first used for burials in 1925.


Telephone Preference Service

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0845 070 0707

The Natural Death Centre

01962 712690

Cruse Bereavement Care

0844 477 9400


Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Charity

020 7436 5881

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The Boulevard
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The Boulevard
West Sussex
RH10 1UZ

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