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Garden of Remembrance

Available 24 hours a day 01962 862333

Our beautiful water garden at Chesil House is available for the interment of cremated remains. This peaceful location in the heart of the city provides an alternative to a cemetery or churchyard.

Each interment takes place individually using a temporary casket that allows ashes to be dispersed into the ground. The plots are unmarked, but each is noted in our records for future reference.

Fresh flowers may be brought into the garden and placed in the vases provided. It is intended that the garden should be as natural and unencumbered as possible - to maintain its tranquillity. We have a fund for the supply of plants and shrubs necessary to maintain the garden's seasonal variations. If you wish to make a donation, please speak to our receptionist or one of our Funeral Directors.

The Book of Remembrance is opened daily and an entry can be placed to provide a permanent memorial (see examples in our gallery to the right).

Please see our Garden of Remembrance booklet for further information here.

We hold an Annual Service of Remembrance for those who ashes are interred in our garden or indeed for anyone who wishes to come and remember a loved one. This is usually held in early July, please see details at Chesil House nearer the time.

At this service we take a collection for local charities. Over the many years we have held the service we have donated in excess of £5,000 to local causes, including Naomi House Children’s Hospice, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester Youth Counselling, Winchester Nightshelter, Friends of the Family (supporting vulnerable parents) and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Trust.

The Garden and Book of Remembrance are open:

  • Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 9.15 – 11.45am
  • (excluding Bank Holidays)
  • In addition we try to open each year on Mothering Sunday and Father's Day 10am – 12 noon.