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The Victorian Cemetery

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The Victorian period has been described as the 'Great Age of Death'. The customs of death, notably burial and mourning, were taken very seriously and elaborate rituals of commemoration were part of everyone's lives. As demand grew for hygienic and dignified burial places, the humble parish graveyard - unable to cope - was joined by a newcomer to the landscape, the garden c ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Shire Publications
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Carole Tyrrell
Aug 04, 2011 Carole Tyrrell rated it really liked it
Please note that I re-read this book in 2015 for research purposes and my review did not need to be amended

This little book is a wonderful introduction to the background behind the creation of the great garden cemeteries of the 19th century. As with most Victorian institutions, from hospitals to asylums, they were introduced to bring order to death and the afterlife as they replaced the unpleasant and unsanitary churchyards. These couldn’t cope with the rapidly expanding cities and the resulting
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