The Federation of Synagogues provides an annual headstone cleaning service at both Edmonton and Rainham Cemeteries. 

This service gives family and friends peace of mind that their loved one’s headstones are being cared for and helps to prevent costly repairs in the future.

The service is carried out by our professional and experienced grounds staff, with a special cleaning solution, helping to maintain the stones in pristine condition.

Cleaning is carried out in the summer months, between July and August.

For headstones installed less than two years ago

Initially the grounds crew will inspect the headstone to determine if it can be cleaned immediately, or if it needs to be refurbished by a Federation approved stonemason before cleaning can be undertaken.

For headstones installed over two years ago

Headstones that have been in situ for more than two years without cleaning need to be refurbished by an approved Federation stonemason before being added to the tombstone cleaning service.

Refurbishment will include levelling the stone and touch-up of the inscription or any other requirements.  Once this work has been completed, the stone can be added to the cleaning service.

For a list of Federation-approved stonemasons, please click here.

Annually Renewable Headstone Washing Service

You will be billed on a yearly basis between January and June for the continuation of the grave-washing service.

2018 annual fees:

Single Headstone – £40
Double headstone – £60

Extended Headstone Washing Service

We are now introducing the option of an extended headstone washing contract.  This option provides peace of mind that the headstone is being cared for, ensures that the cost remains the at the current annual rate for the duration of the contract and avoids the need for annual billing.

5 YEAR RATES (as of 2018)

Single Headstone – £190

Double Headstone – £285

10 YEAR RATES (as of 2018)

Single Headstone – £360

Double Headstone – £540

(all prices include VAT)

To join this service please download and complete one copy of the application form for each stone that requires washing. Click here for the form

For more information about this service, please contact the Federation Burial Society on 0208 202 2263 or

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