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English Heritage’s Policy on Scattering Ashes

cremains and human ashes heritageEnglish Heritage is an arms length body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It has a wide ranging remit in managing the historic environment of England. It is the steward of over 400 significant historical and archaeological sites, from Stonehenge to many of the country’s castles. It has direct ownership over some historic sites and liaises with private owners of sites that are managed under a guardian partnership arrangement.

English Heritage have said that they do allow scattering of ashes at their properties. There may be a cost. It is also down to the individual site managers and certain places are off limits -like the inner circle at Stonehenge.

You should contact the site manger and you don’t need to be a member – but perhaps make a donation.

In addition one reader told us that they do not permit scattering of ashes at Avebury Rings.

All position statements are actuate at the time of posting, please contact the organisation directly for the most up to date position.

25 thoughts on “English Heritage’s Policy on Scattering Ashes

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    Susannah Hatch - 11th October 2022

    Would Old Sarum be a location where I could scatter the ashes of my mom? She grew up just a few miles away and Avesbury, Stonehenge and West Kennet Long Barrow are all location’s not available (and all the other options she requested)?

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      Richard Martin - 12th October 2022

      Hi Susannah you would need to contact English Heritage

      I hope they say yes.

      Kind regards

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    Michael Paton - 9th August 2022

    Hi, would I be able to scatter my fathers ashes at Maiden Castle, as it was his last wishes? Thankyou

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      Richard Martin - 26th August 2022

      Hi Michael
      That is a lovely site, you would need to contact English Heritage – as they will be the ones who can grant you permission. Maiden Castle
      Kind regards

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    Kelly Peters - 14th December 2021


    I just wondering if I can scatters my ashes in Stonehenge ? I just want my wish and can you give me the site manager number please

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      Richard Martin - 17th December 2021

      Hi Kelly
      Unlikely I would say due to the sensitive nature of the site – Here is their page – suggest going through group bookings

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    Angela - 8th July 2021

    I want to scatter my beloved cats ashes at Hadleigh Castle. But I can’t find anything on the website about it.

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      Richard Martin - 8th July 2021

      Hi Angela

      Our or theirs? It is unlikely there will be any on theirs you would need to contact the site manager.

      Kind regards

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        Richard Martin - 8th July 2021

        Hi Joan

        If you are in contact with them – ask them to contact me if they want their services promoting …
        Kind regards

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    guy Blackett - 12th June 2021

    Hi there. I was wondering If I could spread ashes from my late mother at Belsay gardens? I can’t find any specific information on their website.



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      Richard Martin - 14th June 2021

      Address: Belsay, Nr Morpeth, Northumberland, NE20 0DX. Follow route to Blacksmith’s Cafe. Sat Nav: NE20 0DU
      Telephone: 01661 881636

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    Nicola Woodward - 15th April 2021


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      Richard Martin - 16th April 2021

      Possibly – you would need to contact them directly –
      01525 860000
      Hope that helps.

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    patricia kelsey - 7th September 2020

    Can I scatter ashes at Avebury please

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      Richard Martin - 7th September 2020

      Avebury Rings is one of the most magical places in the country. You would need to ask them here are the contact details –

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    Doreen Wildman - 28th June 2020

    I am looking to scatter some of my late fathers ashes in the Berwick-upon-Tweed barracks, As he was a KOSB veteran and used to go up every year for Minden day. Do you know if I would I need permission for this please, I don’t know who to contact about it.
    Kind regards Doreen

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      Richard Martin - 29th June 2020

      Dear Doreen

      Thank you for contacting us, yes you would need permission you would need to contact them directly, this is the page you need –


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    Nigel - 27th June 2020

    Can you have your ashes scattered at Hever Castle in Kent?

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      Richard Martin - 29th June 2020

      Hi Nigel

      I afraid I don’t know, the best route is to contact them directly –

      Kind regards

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        Michele Sparks - 18th April 2021

        I would like to scatter my father’s ashes behind Portchester castle in the sea, my dad was a sailor and then worked as a ship builder. He lived a lot of his later life in Portchester. Is this permissible? Thank you

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          Richard Martin - 19th April 2021

          In the sea you would be fine, you would not need permission for this.

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    Kate - 4th February 2020

    Hello, I am enquiring about the scattering of ashes at White Nancy near Bollington Cheshire. Do we need permission? It was our father’s wish as we spent many happy times there when we were children.
    Many thanks.

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      Richard Martin - 7th February 2020

      Hi Kate, you would need to speak permission from the landowner but I can’t work out who the owner is, sorry.

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    Arron herbert - 8th June 2018

    Hi I am looking to scatter my dads ashes at Stonehenge would this be possible plz and do we have to book it with the managers

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      Richard Martin - 11th June 2018

      I believe so, Stonehenge may be different due to its significance and popularity and yes you would need to speak to the site manager.

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