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Ashes Barrow’s – Ashes Storage – All the UK locations

Choice of Ashes Barrow Mounds in the UK

Barrows were used for millennia by our ancestors to venerate the dead, containing both the full and the cremated remains. Today the contemporary version of this ancient tradition provides a final resting place for cremation remains in a ashes barrow.

Soulton Long Barrow

Lost Village of Dode

Mid England Barrow

Willow Row Barrow

The Round Barrow

All Cannings Long Barrow - FULL

Map of Contemporary Ashes Barrows in the UK

Ashes Barrows

Barrows, an ancient tradition revived and made fit for todays society. They are the perfect
final resting place for cremation ashes if you’re looking for:

  • A beautiful structure set in the countryside which encourages family and friends to visit
  • Sense of permanence
  • A spiritual space undefined by any religion
  • A sense of community

Choosing what to do with a loved one’s ashes is always tricky. However, in this day and age there is more choice than ever. Whether the ashes are scattered from a spitfire plane or in a firework, the choice of memorialisation is up to you.

One option that has become increasing popular is a modern take on ancient Long Barrow as a place to keep your loved one’s ashes.

What is a Barrow?

Barrows come in varying shapes and sizes. They were used by our ancient ancestor for circa 5,000 years. In fact, they were still in use by the Anglo Saxons.
Most have been removed due to the commercial nature of farming and the management of our landscape. There are still plenty around and, one of the most widely known is called the West Kennet Long Barrow in Wiltshire.

When did the current trend start?

Back in 2014 a former Stonehenge steward and farmer called Tim Daw decided to build a modern Long Barrow. The barrow is called The All Cannings Long Barrow and was a hit with the media, academics, and the general public.

The designer and builder of The All Cannings Long Barrow established the UK’s first and only Barrow building company called Sacred Stones Limited. Sacred Stones went on to build three more barrows, two of which they own and manage, and the third is called the Mid-England Barrow which is owned and managed privately.

Why have they become increasing popular?

There is no one answer to this, the answer perhaps lies in a number of factors:

  • Their beauty: these stunning pieces of architecture blend in seamlessly with the ancient British landscape. They are created from local stone layer together like a dry-stone walling with all the shapes and lines and textures that marry well within the landscape.
  • Longevity: Once covered they will remain in the landscape for millennia.
  • Unable to be neglected: as people look around form permanence in the landscape, we often think that our religious institutions and associated places of rest. And that these will be maintained indefinitely, sadly this has not proved to be the case with upkeep of churchyards a constant headache. With dwindling revenue these places are often neglect and slightly forlorn, with headstones left abounded and, on the tilt, hardly making it the ideal place for peaceful reflection.
  • Secular or pagan or traditional: Many specified burial spots are associated with a belief system; Christianity has dictated out cultural outlook of the UK for hundreds of years and now as people look for other forms or meaning or secularisation and this makes long barrows a good choice.
  • Distinctive: they are a positive choice, a mark to show you thought, you cared and you decided.
  • Sense of place: for many scattering ashes on a shore is ideal for others this is not the case they want a place to go, and to know their loved one is there ‘resting’ in a peaceful environment.

Are all barrows the same?

No, each design is unique deigned to blend in the landscape and reflect the local surrounding and building material. There are similarities – central chamber and niches and the fact they have the look and feel of an ancient long barrow.

Are they all run by the same company?

No, of the six active long barrows in the UK, they are run but five companies. They are all independent and not associated with a big cooperate institute, one company owns two sites. As such they all have there own requirements and terms and conditions.

What are they made of?

This depends on where they are most will have the local building stone of the area, not just so it blends in with the land scape but also to reduce the carbon impact from build such structures.

What will happen when they are full?

All the barrows tend to have different terms and conditions. Some provide a range of terms (in years) with an option to extend. At the end of a term, ashes can be scattered around the barrow and the niche made available to another family.

How permanent are they?

They are very permanent in two respects, firstly in terms of planning - it takes exceptional circumstances for a burial site to be excavated for development – national infrastructure like a railway being an example. In terms of stability of the structure - they are extremely durable as history has shown us are they become part of the landscape they weather with the landscape one enhancing the other.

Which one is right for me?

That depends on your personal circumstance you may want a loved one’s ashes close and therefore the closest one to you might be the best. Alternatively, you may like a specific design a or a location the you have a connection with. There are no rules around this it depends entirely on what feels right for you and your family.

How much does it cost for a niche in an ashes barrow?

The price of a niche varies from site to site but generally the capacity and length of term (in years) you take the niche for dictates the price. Prices range from £1,500 to about £7,000 for a large ‘family’ niche.

What do I get for my money?

This depends what you have bought, but essentially a permanent place in the landscape inside and beautiful crafted barrow / columbarium.

What is the difference between and Barrow and a columbarium?

Well, the similarity is that they both have niches that hold ashes on a permanent or semi-permanent basis. Long Barrows as discussed here are about a link with the past and ancient tradition that blends into the landscape. Columbarium can take on many forms very popular in places like Italy and France as they are in the Catholic tradition. The catholic church endorsees and can be found at many churches. There are now a number based in crematorium that tend to be free standing granite structures. They look a bit like out of a kitchen showroom which suit many people needs, most of these tend to be on relatively short leases of twenty-five years.

What if I change my mind about keeping the ashes there?

Each site will have their own terms and conditions. It is reasonable to assume you can remove the ashes before the site is closed however as with all things, understand what you’re signed and speak to the operator if you are concerned.

Can I buy a space for my family?

The niches offered by the companies come in different sizes. These can be single or double and a some offer family sized niches where a number of the sets of remains can be kept.

Where are they and how do I contact them?

There is a map and and also some of  pictures have links.



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