also known as: Blyth crematorium.
Northumberland has only one Crematorium at Cowpen, Blyth. This is information should you wish to have someone cremated.
Address: Cowpen Road, Blyth, NE24 5SZ
Tel: 01670 620405
Latest update on Blyth Crematorium -
10 April 2015
A serious fire broke out at Blyth Crematorium building in the
early hours of the morning on Thursday 12th March 2015, which has
caused significant damage to the rear of the building.
Unfortunately due to the extent of the damage caused it will not be
possible to provide cremation services at the site for several
months, whilst works to repair the building and replace the damaged
cremation equipment are undertaken.
The council has received excellent support from neighbouring
local authority crematoriums located at Whitley Bay, Tynemouth,
South Tyneside, West Road Newcastle, Birtley and Saltwell
(Gateshead) in order to ensure that bereaved families in
Northumberland are still able to access cremation services within a
reasonable timeframe. Funeral Directors will be able to
support families to make arrangements at these alternative
The historic chapels at Blyth have not been directly affected,
but for safety reasons are currently closed whilst structural
repairs are undertaken to the rear of the building. However,
bereaved families are still able to make arrangements through their
Funeral Directors for the scattering of cremated remains within the
Gardens of Remembrance if they wish to do so. Fire investigators
are still working to establish the exact cause of the fire which at
this stage remains unknown.
A detailed recovery plan for the crematorium is being developed
and bringing the crematorium service back into operation as quickly
as possible is the council’s number one priority.
If any member of the public has concerns or questions regarding
the crematorium, they can ring the council’s customer service line
on 0845 600 6400 and one of our customer service team will be able
Facilities at the crematorium
- Disabled access
- Wheelchair facilities
- Book of Remembrance Room
- Garden of Remembrance
- Burial Chapel
- Crematorium Chapel
- Office - opening hours:
- Monday to Thursday 8am -12pm and 1pm – 4.30pm
- Friday 8am -12pm and 1pm- 4pm
- Saturday 8am - 12pm
We kindly ask that tokens of remembrance
are not placed in the gardens as they quickly deteriorate and soon
become unsightly. For those who wish to bring flowers for special
occasions or anniversaries, it is respectfully suggested that they
be placed in the Book of Remembrance Room.
Arranging the Service
What happens to the ashes?
The crematorium will need written instructions for the service
and disposal of the cremated remains.
There are lots of options available, including keeping the ashes
in an urn, scattering or burying them. Please note that the
cremation office will issue a cremated remains release certificate
before they are able to release the cremated remains.
There are various types of memorial and remembrance schemes
available through Northumberland County Council including memorial
plaques, the Book of Remembrance, memorial cards and miniature
books. For more information, please go to
our memorials page.