A se­ri­ous un­der­tak­ing

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I read with in­ter­est your ar­ti­cle ‘My An­ces­tor was an Un­der­taker’ in is­sue 105. In it, Michelle Higgs states that cre­ma­tion was in­tro­duced as an al­ter­na­tive to burial in the mid-1880s. While it may have been for the masses, it had al­ready been per­formed on at least one in­di­vid­ual, Richard Cooke, in 1753.

While hol­i­day­ing in Nor­folk, I vis­ited the lovely St Cather­ine’s Church at Lud­ham and came across the fol­low­ing in­scrip­tion on his me­mo­rial stone:

“Un­der this stone are de­posited the re­mains of Mr

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