‘Casting into the great crucible of the present ferment all manner of time-honoured traditions’
New legislative contexts for twentieth-century burial
in Churchyard and cemetery
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This chapter looks back to survey the changes which the Burial Acts and other developments had brought to central North Riding by the end of the nineteenth century. It considers the new legislative contexts for burial in the twentieth. At the end of the nineteenth century, titled estate-owners in rural North Yorkshire continued to dominate rural affairs. Earlier studies have overlooked the unlikely centrality of a small village in North Yorkshire to widespread agitation on the issue of insanitary burial practices. The distinction between 'local authority' and 'burial board' cemeteries continued until the 1974 Local Government Act abolished burial boards and brought these two types of cemetery under the same regulations. The Burial Acts had brought some concessions to Nonconformist interests in the passage of the Burial Laws Amendment Act and more substantially in the provision of unconsecrated burial space in the new cemeteries.

Churchyard and cemetery

Tradition and modernity in rural North Yorkshire

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