Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery – Memorial Headstone Safety

Memorial Headstone Safety

Barry Town Council, in accordance with health and safety legislation, is undertaking an ongoing inspection programme to check the condition of memorial headstones within its cemeteries. Any found to be unsafe and likely to cause serious injury may be laid flat or “lowered down” into the excavated area at the head of the grave in front of the memorial base (this will enable some or all of the inscription to remain visible).

Alternatively the memorial may be “staked and banded” by the Council Memorial Inspector. The stakes and bands are attached to the memorials to ensure that the danger of the memorial in question falling and cause damage or harm to staff and visitors to the cemetery is reduced. As this is part of a programme introduced by government legislation it is an offence for the bands to be removed by any one other than the Memorial Inspector or a Memorial Mason engaged to carry out repairs to the said memorial on behalf of the family.

A memorial is the responsibility of the grave owner. Any memorials erected since November 2001 should not be affected as long as they were installed to the NAMM & BRAMM standards. The programme has been devised to ensure that the memorials that pose the greatest risk are dealt with first.

If you have any concerns about the testing or want information about how to make your memorial safe please contact the Cemetery Office during normal working hours on 01446 738663, email or write to:

Barry Town Council, Town Hall, Kings Square, Barry, CF63 4RW

Please find below a list of memorials that have been inspected in the most recent round of inspections In Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery. Should you be a relative or know someone related to those interred in any of the following graves please contact us on the above telephone number or at the address given:

H 1728 Prichard H 1736 Eveleigh H1755 Rees H 911a Lloyd H 1523 Palmer
H 1522 Phipps H 1547 Phillips H 1580 Gear H 1578 White H 1612 Coughlin
H 1294 Finch H 1387 Rowden H 1419 Meaker H 1084b Osborne H 1169 Thomas
H 1208 Webber N 91 Tremlett N 92 Mclver N 99 Nelmes N 143 Leach
N 148 Page N 156 Johnson N 166 Fairweather N 178 Twigg N 180 James
N 75 Perry N 66 Lloyd N 209 Clogg N 243 Butler N 50 Gardner
N 14 Maddaford N 464 Slade N 480 Fortnum N 482 Lee N 737 Brown
N 747 Richards N 798 Blair N 780 Currie N 1113 Payne N 991 Wilde
N1017 Gillingham N1076 Springsguth N 1157 Morgan N 1137 Reader
N 541 Hyett N 525 Griffiths N 516 Evans N 568 Lewis N 616 Phillips N 638 Booker
N 653 Lowrie N 696 Britton N 608 Parrish