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From: Eve McLaughlin <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] Grand-dad's burial - lotsa money!
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 13:28:16 +0100
In message <003a01bfeaf7$e17dc140$>, Glennis Johnson
>My grandmother was buried at Manor Park Cemetery in 1943. The funeral
>charges are as follows: A selected elm coffin, with double moldings, French
>polished, finished with best brass bar handles, ornaments, and wreath
>holders, solid inscription plate mounted on lid, interior draped and padded
>with swansdown side sheets slip ruffle and pillow. Motor Hearse and 2 motor
>carriages, men as bearers, pages, etc., and attendance to Manor Park
>Cemetery. GBD23.10s.0d. Cemetery charges for New Family Grave, 17.6s.6d.
>The private grave 9.9s.0d, digging 3.15s.0d, interment fee 3.5s.6d., banking
>10.6s, grant for private grave 5s.0d.
In High Wycombe in 1921, the funeral of W A Wright cost for
elm coffin with double moulded plinths, french polished, lined
swansdown, with set of plated fittings and inscription; swansdown robe
and wadding; Single horse, open car and driver; 2 carriages and drivers.
Paid burial fees for 8ft grave. 4 bearers and attendance £13-15
and that was fairly typical.
a really expensive funeral for a town official a couple of months later
oak coffin with plinths, french polished, 4 prs brass handles and
plates, brass breast plate and inscription; swans. robes and wadding.
Pair horse, Washington car and driver; 4 broughams and drivers. Paid
burial fees and purchase of grave space 103; 4 bearers and attendance.
total cost £27
The London cemetery was obviously more expensive, the number of
carriages probably greater, but the cost of the monument could well be
included. It still means that someone here had plenty of money to lavish
on his departure.
Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians
Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society
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