also known as: Blyth crematorium.

Northumberland has only one Crematorium at Cowpen, Blyth. This is information should you wish to have someone cremated.

Contact details:

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 facilities.

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 0345 600 6400 and one of our customer service team will be able to assist.

Blyth Crematorium

Facilities at the crematorium

  • Toilets
  • 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

Services may take place Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 3.30pm at 30-minute intervals.

Service may take place on Saturday mornings between the hours of 9am to 11:30am at 30 minute interval if requested.

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 crematory.

Whichever option is chosen it will be necessary to consult the officiating minister to ensure that the appointment is suitable to all parties.

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 kin.
  • 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.

After cremation, we can place the ashes in an urn if you prefer. The urn will need to be provided to the cremation office or we can provide one for you – please see funeral costs and fees for prices.

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 landowner.

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 purpose.

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 Remembrance Room.