Winter Solstice Sunrise 2014  (c) Mark Lawrence

The Long Barrow at All Cannings is a columbarium or place for cremated remains in urns to be kept. It was built in 2014 in the style of a traditional long barrow in natural materials, but made relevant for today in its internal layout. It is aligned to the sunrise of the winter solstice when the sun will illuminate the internal stone passageway.

Within the chalk mound there are five chambers arranged off the passageway that starts at the local Sarsen stone entrance, the original plans are for seven chambers, the other three may be added in the future.

The chambers, or columbaria, have niches built into the natural limestone walls. each niche is about 600mm by 600mm and 320mm tall and is designed for the storage of cremated remains in urns. The niches are designed to hold one or two urns but depending on the size of the urns upto six can be placed in each niche. The niches can be sealed with a memorial stone if required. 

The long barrow is for anyone.  It is for those of any religion or none. The field it is in is being restored to native chalk grassland and will be kept as natural as possible for visitors to enjoy its beauty and solitude.

All Cannings lies within the Marlborough Downs area of outstanding natural beauty and is between Avebury and Stonehenge. This ancient landscape is renowned for its chalk downland and ancient history. The long barrow is designed to complement it and become part of it.

Open Days at the Long Barrow.

The Long Barrow will be open for anyone to visit the inside on Sunday 20th December from dawn to 10 am.

We hope the midwinter sun will rise and shine down the passageway for all to see on that day. 

I look forward to seeing you there. Sensible footwear, outer clothing and a torch are recommended.


IMPORTANT NOTICE - When visiting the Long Barrow be aware of low lintels, slippery slopes, uneven ground and heights. We don't want you getting hurt and simple awareness and care will keep you safe.