Cremation: History England

Davies, D. 1995

British Crematoria in Public Profile, Maidstone: Cremation Society of Great Britain.

Jupp, P.C. 1997

‘Why was England the first country to popularise cremation?’ in K. Charmaz, G. Howarth & A. Kellahear (eds) The Unknown Country: Death in Australia, Britain and the USA, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 141-154.

Knight, F. 2018

‘Cremation and Christianity: English Anglican and Roman Catholic attitudes to cremation since 1885’, Mortality, 23:4, 301-319.

Koskinen, M. 2000

Burning the Body: The Debate on Cremation in Britain, 1874-1902, Tampeeen Yliopistopaino Oy, Finland: Juvenes Print.

Leaney, J. 1989

‘Ashes to ashes: cremation and the celebration of death in nineteenth-century Britain’, in R. Houlbrooke (ed.) Death, Ritual and Bereavement, London: Routledge.

Parsons, B. 2005

Committed to the Cleansing Flame: The Development of Cremation in Nineteenth-Century England, Reading: Spire Books.


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