Hills Cemetery

Guildford Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1TT

Hills Cemetery is the largest cemetery in operation in Horsham and is located in a peaceful area close to Guildford Road on the western outskirts of the town.

The cemetery was planned and tastefully laid out in the late Victorian / early Edwardian era and is approached by an attractive tree-lined avenue.

The cemetery has been significantly improved in recent years and is a most attractive area with mature plantings of trees and shrubs. The grounds staff are committed to maintaining and improving the quality of this attractive area.

A special setting for funeral and memorial services

Freeman Brothers Funeral Directors operates the Chapel at Hills Cemetery on behalf of Horsham District Council.

The Chapel has been extensively refurbished with new flooring, seating and lighting, and we have installed an Obitus system which, as well as playing music digitally, lets the service be broadcast over the internet. Photos and photo montages can also be displayed on the screen.

As well as being used before a burial in the Cemetery, we are very pleased to offer the Chapel as a resource for local funeral services, either before committals elsewhere or as a package in conjunction with a ‘Cremation only’ at a local crematorium.

Please contact Freeman Brothers to discuss your requirements.

A choice of resting place

There are specific areas set aside for burials and the interment of ashes.

  • Grave plots are available to purchase at the time of booking the funeral through your funeral director, or may be purchased in advance either in a pre-allocated position or in one of your choosing.
  • Ashes plots provide the opportunity for the burial of your loved one’s ashes and for the plot to be commemorated with a headstone or memorial tablet.

Memorial Garden of Remembrance

In the heart of the cemetery lies an established garden of remembrance. Featuring attractive trees and shrub planting, the area offers a place to sit and contemplate. Memorial roses in a host of colours and varieties together with a memorial plaque can be purchased and placed in one of the tended rose beds. The roses have been selected for their fragrance and durability. The plaque is placed at the base of a pre-planted rose bush.

Memorial benches and trees are available to purchase within the cemetery grounds. Our Cemeteries Manager will be happy to discuss your personal requirements and preferred placements.

Wakes at Hills Cemetery

Many people wish to come together after the burial or memorial to spend time remembering loved ones. At Hills Cemetery, we offer a well-furnished meeting room that is perfect for small to medium gatherings, enabling family and friends to remain in one location. The meeting room is directly opposite the chapel and fully accessible to those with limited mobility. Guests are welcome to dress the room, bring their own food and drink or use one of the many local catering services in Horsham (details of these are available on request). There is free parking within the cemetery grounds and surrounding area. The room is available for hire for a maximum of three hours.

Available plaque sizes

Example plaques

A cemetery plaque with four lines of wording

Four lines, 150mmx75mm

Example text: In loving memory of Sarah Jane Evans 1927-2010 Always remembered

A cemetery plaque with five lines of wording

Five lines, 150mmx100mm

Example text: In loving memory of John Andrew Pettigrew-Smythe 1910-2009 Always in our thoughts

A cemetery plaque with seven lines of wording

Seven lines, 150mmx150mm

Example text: In loving memory of Amelia Margaret Wilkinson 1910-2009 Julian Anthony Wilkinson 1919-1999

Ownership of this memorial will be registered to the person who has ordered the dedication. No further inscriptions or additional plaques will be permitted without the consent of both the owner and the Council.

The initial cost of the bush and plaque is based on a seven year tenure. The payee then has the option of a further seven years subject to the regulations in force at the time.

This fee covers the provision of both rose bush and plaque (with inscription). We reserve the right to change the rose during the dedication period if the rose bush fails, but will endeavour to keep the same colour. At the end of the dedication period, the plaques are available for collection by the registered owner. (Please note plaques not collected within six months of removal will be disposed of by the Council).

Ashes must be scattered in the informal shrub garden as the laying of cremated remains within the actual rose beds is not permitted.