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Tireless, humourless and authoritarian, Chadwick exhibited the paradoxical characteristic of a man devoted to the public good who was incapable of fellow feeling (Brooks, 1989: 37; Finer, 1952). These characteristics and the fact that he was fighting a laissez-faire economic culture would eventually defeat his plans for cemetery reform. Following the government reports of 1840 and 1842, Chadwick published his A Supplementary Report on the Results of a Special Enquiry into the Practice of Interments in Towns (Chadwick, PP 1843, Vol.

For Rugg, cemetery companies established by Nonconformist denominations in the UK predominated in the period from 1820 to 1834 and twenty were in operation by 1853 (Rugg, 1999). Trouble was imminent for London’s Brompton Cemetery which symbolised all that could go wrong with private cemeteries. Architects and directors quarrelled. Delayed building work gave clients pause. Maintenance was expensive, salaries were reduced. Designs were simplified, short cuts taken. Its financial problems stemmed from initial outlay on buildings, catacombs and drainage, in a space too small.

Within Protestant England, there was no doubt of the clergyman’s role at the actual funeral. The churchyard was a consecrated ground, God’s Acre, where the outlaw could still claim sanctuary. , 1864). The clergyman met the corpse at the lych-gate, to conduct it onto consecrated ground, there to be buried How the Church Lost Its Monopoly of Burial, 1820–1852 25 ‘in sure and certain hope of the resurrection’. The range of funeral hymns sung by mourners up to 1850 demonstrate traditional and folk beliefs in the resurrection of the body (Gammon, 1988).

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