Stephen White 2011

University of Durham, UK, University of Cardiff, UK

Disestablishment and burial grounds: the case of Wales

This paper will describe the lengthy process from 1868 – 1947 by which the Anglican Church of Wales came to be disestablished, and the consequences for its burial grounds. The paper will shed some light on  what may happen to a Church’s property (which will include its burial  grounds if it has any) when a Church is disestablished, and remark on the fate, after disestablishment, of any public rights that exist in the burial grounds at the time of disestablishment, such as the common law right of burial in the burial ground of the parish of which one is a parishioner or in which one dies.


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