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 352107
Improvement work at Blyth
We are carrying out a programme of improvement work at the
crematorium, which will run from Autumn 2013 to Summer 2014. The
£1.5million project will ensure that the services we provide there
meet all current day standards and regulations, whilst also
improving the overall quality of service that we provide. We will
be working closely with our contractors to make sure that
disruption is kept to a minimum. If you have any queries please
phone cemetery staff on 01670 352107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 8.00am -12pm and 1pm – 4.30pm
- Friday 8.00am -12pm and 1pm- 4pm
- Saturday 8.00am - 12.00pm
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
Arranging the Service
Services may take place Monday to Friday between the hours of
9.00am and 3.30pm at 30-minute intervals.
Services should be booked with the crematorium at least three
working days in advance.
A full service will last approximately 20minutes. The service
can take place in the crematorium chapel or part of the service can
be held in your own church with only a short committal ceremony
being held in the crematorium.
Should you wish to have a longer service or expect a large
number of people to attend, it is possible to arrange for
additional time on payment of a nominal charge.
The full service can take place in the crematorium chapel or
part of the service can be held in your own church with only a
short committal ceremony being held at the crematorium.
As an alternative, the full service may be held in your own
church and the coffin brought for cremation with no further
ceremony. In this case the coffin will still be brought into the
chapel and be placed on the catafalque before entering the
Whichever option is chosen it will be necessary to consult the
officiating minister to ensure that the appointment is suitable to
It is not necessary to use a hearse to bring the coffin to the
crematorium. People arranging personalised funerals often use their
own estate cars or hire a van in lieu of the traditional hearse.
Similarly you may use a biodegradable (cardboard) coffin instead of
the usual veneered coffin if you wish.
It will be necessary to inform the hospital or medical
practitioner who last attended the deceased that a cremation is to
take place. The crematorium (or Funeral Director) will then require
the following paperwork
- Two cremation certificates (Statutory Form 4 and Statutory Form
5). Form 4 is signed by the doctor who last attended the deceased,
setting out the cause of death and other circumstances surrounding
the death. Form 5 is completed by another doctor not involved in
the treatment of the person who has died.
- Application for Cremation form (Form 1) signed by the next of
- Notice of Cremation Form
- Registration Certificates (Part B and C)
All statutory forms, including the Coroners Order for Cremation
or the Registration Certificates (Part B and C) for Cremation or
Burial, must be delivered to the crematorium by no later than
11.00am on the working day prior to the funeral service, so these
can be signed by an independent medical referee.
The crematorium must also receive the Notice of Cremation. If
you are using a Funeral Director, they will have this form, or the
crematorium office can provide this.
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.
The ashes can be scattered in the Garden of Remembrance at the
crematorium. Alternatively, if you would like to scatter the ashes
elsewhere, it is important to seek the permission of the
It is important to seek permission of the Harbour Master if you
wish to scatter the ashes at sea.
Ashes can be buried in a cremated remains plot at the
crematorium and a bronze memorial plaque can be placed on the plot.
Each plot can hold up to four cremated remains.
Ashes can also be buried in a family grave plot.
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.
The Book is kept at the crematorium, in the Book of Remembrance
Room which offers a quite, reflective space for people to come to
whenever they want or need to. It is open from 8.30am to 6.30pm,
365 days a year. The room can be opened later upon request.
The Book will be opened on the anniversary of the date of death.
A page is allotted to each day of the year.
Relatives and friends may have a memorial entry recorded in the
Book on the date of death. Regimental, civic, and other suitable
decorations can be added at extra cost to entries of not less that
five lines. The inscriptions which are in black, red and gold can
be seen at the crematorium. Heraldry and Floral motifs are rendered
in full colour in the Book
The Book has been individually designed and produced by
artist-craftsmen and is keeping with the dignity of its
The Garden of Remembrance has been constructed as a Memorial to
all who have been cremated at Blyth crematorium. The many trees,
shrubs and flowers cultivated there are for the benefit of all
those to whom the Gardens hold sacred ties.
Relatives of the deceased are asked to refrain from
placing tokens of Remembrance of any kind 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