Old Sarum - ownership

Old Sarum with snow KO (1).jpg

Photo Quiz no. 4     -   Who owns Old Sarum?             

  • English Heritage?

  • Historic England?

  • the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral?

  • The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport?

  • Wiltshire County Council?

  • Wiltshire Wildlife Trust?




The freehold is owned by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 


Old Sarum is managed by English Heritage. It was owned by the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral, in 1886 they offered to place the site in the guardianship of the State. In 1892 it became the first major earthwork to come under guardianship of the Office of Works. In WWII this became the Ministry of Works. In 1961 the Church Commissioners gave the land to it, a year later it became the Ministry of Public Building and Works which then became absorbed into the Department of the Environment in 1970. Old Sarum is designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust but they have never owned it.




Richards, Julian. 2010. Old Sarum Castle, Wiltshire. Conservation Plan

More information on the history of local landholding by the Church Commissioners is available on the village website here

Kerry O’Connor

Local History Group

October 2020