Glastonbury Abbey – Policy on Scattering Ashes
Glastonbury is a magical place, steeped in myths and traditions. It holds a special place in the imagination for many people. The tor that looks out over the Somerset levels, the town itself and its ancient Abbey.
As the story goes the abbey was founded by Joseph of Arimathea in the 1st century. And continued to be a important religious center right up until Henry VIII decided to do away with the monasteries in the 1530s. Leaving it to decay into a magnificent ruin which we see today.
Apart from its alleged founding father the site is associated with one of the the most enduring British legends of all time – King Arthur. Who apparently rests in the what it is left of the Abbey.
Due to to its location, beauty and history it is a is a significant symbol for many, so it is not surprising that many people wish to scatter their ashes here.
The site is now own and maintained by Glastonbury Abbey a registered charity. It is still a religious site and the charity provides educational material and guidance on the sites historic, religious and cultural importance. This is line with with the doctrines of the Church of England.
Whilst you can visit the site every day but Christmas, you can not scatter ashes their. Unfortunately they have not permitted scattering of ashes at the abbey since 2014. Sorry.