Old Sarum - ownership
Photo Quiz no. 4 - Who owns Old Sarum?
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. Since February 2020, the post holder has been The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP.
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
Local History Group