‘No differences are so deep as those which arise over the grave’
The religious politics of burial
in Churchyard and cemetery
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This chapter considers two of the key mechanisms for the shift of fortunes for the Church: the introduction of cemeteries under the Burial Acts and the passage of the Burial Laws Amendment Act 1880. It also considers local responses to the Burial Laws Amendment Act of 1880, as indicated in the parish burial register. There was in central North Yorkshire a more muted reaction to the opportunities presented by the Burial Laws Amendment Act. The tenor of local religious politics was indicated by the way in which denominational differences were negotiated in the setting up of burial boards, and in the early years of cemetery establishment. It is difficult to be conclusive about the reasons for the very small number of non-Anglican burial grounds in central North Riding in the nineteenth century. For Nonconformists, the burial grievance carried a bundle of theological, ideological, emotional and more practically economic concerns.

Churchyard and cemetery

Tradition and modernity in rural North Yorkshire



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