A serious undertaking
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