Churchyard and Cemetery: Tradition and Modernity in Rural North Yorkshire (Paperback)

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This book explores the turbulent social history of churchyards and cemeteries over the last 150 years. Using sites from across rural North Yorkshire, the text examines the workings of the Burial Acts and discloses the ways in which religious politics framed burial management. It presents an alternative history of burial which questions notions of tradition and modernity, and challenges long-standing assumptions about changing attitudes towards mortality in England.

This study, available in paperback for the first time, diverges from the long-standing tendency to regard the churchyard as inherently 'traditional' and the cemetery as essentially 'modern'. Since 1850, both types of site have been subject to the influence of new expectations that burial space would guarantee family burial and the opportunity for formal commemoration. Although the population in central North Yorkshire declined, demand for burial space rose, meaning that many dozens of churchyards were extended, and forty new cemeteries were laid out.

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About the Author

Julie Rugg is a Senior Research Fellow and heads the Cemetery Research Group at the University of York

Product Details
ISBN: 9780719097355
ISBN-10: 0719097355
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2015
Pages: 444
Language: English