Manchester Crematorium was first opened in 1892 – only the second in this country.

We are proud of our long history and two of our present Directors are descendants of those who founded and worked for the Crematorium over a hundred years ago.

Our nineteenth century founders were deeply concerned about the appalling living conditions of workers in the then rapidly developing industrial Manchester. Many people lived in very overcrowded conditions and there was a need for more and more cemeteries. The Manchester Cremation Society, founded in 1888, believed that they should ‘Save the Land for the Living’ and that Manchester should open its own crematorium. The members of that Society were environmentalists before that term was invented!

The Company is still concerned today for the environment and makes sure that the Crematorium keeps ahead of all statutory requirements – constantly striving to improve standards and to embrace new techniques and technology. We have installed the most up-to-date system in the country which significantly reduces all the major pollutants given off by the cremation process. This means that the Crematorium already exceeded the standards required by the Environmental Protection Act which was implemented in 2012.

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”

– Ernest Hemingway –

Why Choose The Manchester Crematorium

There are many reasons for you to choose The Manchester Crematorium to say goodbye to your loved ones.

Over the years we have always offered sympathy and comfort to those who have been bereaved and our staff are at hand to help and advise callers. Our two chapels are available for the use of those of all faiths or of none. In addition to our wide range of more traditional memorials, we have recently installed computer equipment so that digital memorials can now be created incorporating photographs as well as text.

From the grounds to the staff, we feel that we can offer a beautiful and bespoke funeral service and memorial for anyone who you hold dear.

Two Beautiful Chapels

Our two beautiful chapels have been providing comfort to families for generations, with the old chapel built in 1892 when the crematorium was opened and the new chapel standing since 1954.

Loving & Compassionate Team

Our team lovingly care for families experiencing their greatest period of loss, providing them with the comfort and support required when a loved one passes away.

Memorial Gardens

We have four separate memorial gardens that are expertly looked after all year round, ranging from the beautiful array of roses found in our Old Garden to the natural wooded areas in our Woodlands Garden.

Book of Anniversaries

Our Book of Anniversaries is on display year round, showing a full record that coincides with various special dates in a persons life, such as the date of the death of another family member or happier anniversaries such as their wedding date.

Private Memorials

Private memorials can be designed and installed in our premises for you to visit all year round. Our indoor and outdoor memorial walls can hold your installation for years to come.

Funeral Services

Our funeral services are available for people of any religious or non-religious background and can be carried out in either of our chapels. We welcome people of any background to have their funeral with us.

“How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?”

– Carson McCullers –