Soon you be able to inter your ashes in one of London’s oldest churches St Bartholomew the Great in West Smithfield
They are awaiting enough reservations to then commission it. The niche columbarium.
The niche system, will include decorative coloured stone plinths, that will compliment the design of the church. It will comprise 196 niche chambers with an option for two internments in each niche.
It will be possible to lease the niche for a period of 10 years or 20 years with an additional charge for a second interment.
The Columbarium will be located in the Churchyard by the South Vestry and will be accessible through the Lady Chapel.
The pricing structure will be as follows:
10 years: £1,500
20 years: £2,750
In order to register interest at this stage:
Pay £200 now (refundable on the unlikely event of the project not going ahead) and a further £300 on initiation of the project. You can then choose from the following two options:
- Option a: Pay full £1,000 and secure 10 years from date of payment, or pay £2,250 to secure 20 year lease.
- Option b: Pay £100 per annum until time of interment. Then pay £1,000/£2,250 and secure 10/20 years from interment.
These prices do not include the cost of inscription and interment, and are subject to inflation.
How the niche system works:
The ashes will be placed in a casket which, in turn, will be inserted into the niche. There will be an option for a service at the time of interment, giving friends and family the opportunity to be present.
An inscribed tablet will seal the niche chamber. The tablet will be provided by Welters and they will liaise directly with the client regarding wording and layout.
Most of the above is a direct copy from their website – http://www.greatstbarts.com/Pages/Information/columbarium.html
I like columbarium as an option, particularly ones in places so wonderfully historic, and it provides a good source of income for the church too. Twenty years seems fair – but what then? do they trace the next of kin and arrive at the door with a parcel? Or do they take it upon themselves to scatter in the grounds?