Jimmy Savile: Where is prolific paedophile buried and what happened to his headstone?


Jimmy Savile is one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders, but his vicious crimes spanning several decades only surfaced after his death.

The revelations of his sick offending stunned a nation when people came to realize that the life on the ‘national treasure’ was not what it seemed.

Savile portrayed a life of eccentricity and charity work but behind his tinted glasses was a murky world of paedophile crime.

The Jim’ll Fix it presenter is thought to have preyed on 500 victims during his life – some as young as two years old – as well as patients receiving treatment in Broadmoor Hospital.

Savile’s horrors led to public outcry after his death. Anger was so rife that Savile’s headstone was eventually removed from his grave from him.

Attention is expected to be once turned again as to how Britain’s most notorious paedophile escaped justice in the coming days with the new Netflix docuseries Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story streaming from April 6.

Later this year, a new BBC drama starring comedian Steve Coogan will also explore the life and crimes of Savile.

Where is Jimmy Savile buried?



Mourners look at the coffin of Sir Jimmy Savile after it was placed at an angle in his grave at Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough.

Savile asked to be buried at a 45-degree angle so he could have a view of the sea

Disgraced paedophile Jimmy Savile is buried in Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough.

Savile lived in Scarborough and had long links to the area. He was buried there at a 45-degree angle so he could enjoy the view of the cemetery facing the sea, though six feet under.

Most of the allegations against Savile came out after the Jim’ll Fix-It presenter died, but there were plenty when he was alive that were generally dismissed.

His TV success raised concerns about how his victims were dismissed or ignored during his lifetime, while his recognition as a ‘sir’ and charity work meant his funeral was lavish.

People lined the streets for his funeral at Leeds Cathedral when he died in October 2011, aged 84.

What happened to Jimmy Savile’s gravestone?

Jimmy Savile's headstone

After the knowledge of Jimmy Savile’s crimes came to light, his family removed his headstone “out of respect to public opinion.”

The headstone cost around £4,000 and was removed in the dead of night in 2012, in overseen by operation funeral director Robert Morphet.

The headstone, bearing the inscription “it was good while it lasted”, was then sent to landfill.

Morphet explained: “The grave will now be ground down so the inscription is totally wiped and will be destroyed. It will be broken up, placed in a skip and used as a landfill.”

A statement issued by the Savile family said: “The family members are deeply aware of the impact that the stone remaining there could have on the dignity and sanctity of the cemetery.

“Out of respect to public opinion, to those who are buried there, and to those who tend their graves and visit there, we have decided to remove it.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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