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Brookwood Cemetery
« on: December 21, 2023, 09:58:44 am »
AFFRAY WITH THE A DIVISION OF POLICE.-Soon after the special train had left Woking station, conveying tp town the directors and friends of the National Necropolis Company, and just as it was getting dusk, a large body of idle and dissolute characters who infest the neighbourhoods of Woking and Chertsey assembled on the common and began to break down the hurdles surrounding the tent erected for the occasion. The metropolitan police had throughout the day used the utmost forbearance towards a host of supposed claimants to the common; just, however, as the poliec were departing several of the ringleaders advanced. Inspector Field who was on the spot (by order of the Commissioners of Police), advised the riotous lot to keep back; he  had no sooner said so than a fellow dealt him a desperate blow with a stick, which he cleverly parried, his stick, however, was severed in two. Inspector Dirking then, with his men, formed a line, and, assisted by Inspector Page, of the Surrey constabulary, they drew. their staves amidst a shower of glass bottles and other missiles, speedily putting to rout this lawless crew, and restoring order on the common just as evening closed in. It is but right the people in. this part of the country should know that those who have been in possession of their tenements for only ten years the directors view as a freehold, and that a compensation will be given on a just and fair scale. This common is utterly valueless, except for the purposes of a cemetery, and is one of the means by which, we shall get entirely rid of intramural burials.

The Welshman 17 September 1852

LONDON NECROPOLIS AND NATIONAL MAUSOLEUM COMPANY.—On Tuesday the ceremony of consecrating that part of the new cemetery at Woking which is destined to be a resting place to members of the Church of England having been appointed to take place, a large number of the directors and their friends were present on the occasion. The Officc of consecration was performed by the Bishop of Winchester, assisted by his commissary, the clergy of the diocese and of the metropolitan districts. The chapels for the reception of the deceased members ofthe established church and of the dissenters are precisely similar in structure, extremely plain in character, but well adapted for the purposes for which they are intended. The land is at present almost in a state of nature; but when the grounds are properly laid out, and the plantations sufficiently grown, no doubt they will Offer a desirable resting place for the inhabitants of the tnetropolis

North Wales Chronicle 11 November 1854
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Re: Brookwood Cemetery
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2023, 10:12:56 am »
LONDON NECROPOIS COMPANY  On Saturday a numerous company of ladies and gentlemen, including several members of Parliament, went to inspect the spacious cemetery belonging to the London Necropolis Company, at Woking. This cemetery is beautifully situated on Woking- heath. The company purchased 2,100 acres of land formerly belonging to Lord Onslow, 1,000 acres of which have been set apart for interments. The Necropolis consists of two great divisions, parted by the high road. In each division there is a chapel, where the funeral service is performed. There are reception  and refreshment rooms for mourners, and, indeed, all the arrangements both for the burial of the dead and for the conveyance of the mourners seem to be well calculated for the solemn purpose for which they are intended. Great taste has been displayed in laying out the grounds. The soil is dry and well adapted for the purposes of interment, and the cemetery, which was opened for burials only 18 months ago, is rapidly advancing in public favour. The charges of the company arc moderate, and all possible care seems to be taken to consult the feelings of the relatives of the deceased. Although a visit to such a place may have melancholy associations, yet the great beauty of the grounds and the charms of the surrounding scenery present attractions to excursionists, and the visitors of Saturday were highly gratified with what they had witnessed, and satisfied with all the details connected with the cemeterv.

North Wales Chronicle 12 July 1856

ODD FELLOWS' CEMETERY.—On Monday forenoon a large number of members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Manchester Unity, left London by the South Western Railway, for the purpose of being present at the inauguration of the Odd Fellows' Cemetery, a portion of the Necropolis at Woking. The members walked in procession from the station to the ground, and aasembled in the chapel, where the chaplain, the Rev R. Le Maire, made a discourse, founding his remarks on the 133rd Psalm. They then went to the ground, where an address was delivered by Dr. Pettiigrew, who stated that there were in Middlesex no less than 54,710 members of the society, and in Surrey nearly 2,000..

North Wales Chronicle  10 September 1859
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Re: Brookwood Cemetery
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2023, 13:08:48 pm »
That cremation will certainly become more prominent there is no question. A Cremation Society of England was formed some few years ago, and in 1878 purchased a freehold site at Woking, and erected what may be called a crematorium. Until Mr. Justice Stephen's lucid exposition of the law on the subject there was a general idea that cremation was illegal, and the building was, accordingly, not used but now, all doubt having been allayed, the society don't intend to remain idle. The chief practical objection to cremation is the opportunity it offers for hiding crime, by removing all traces of poison or other injury which are retained by a body not so destroyed. To meet this the Council will only nllow the crematorium to be used on the fulfilment of three conditions, one of which is that they must be satisfied either by the certificate of the, duly qualified, medical attendant, or by an autopsy made by their own medical officer, that death proceeded from natural causes. Thus this objection will be removed.

The Cambrian 18 March 1884
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