Grave Scandal: the Corpses of the Early Nineteenth Century Urban Poor, and What Not to Do with Them

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Grave Scandal: the Corpses of the Early Nineteenth Century Urban Poor, and What Not to Do with Them
This one hour talk will look at the ways that people dealt with their dead in the Georgian period.



Through the Georgian era, as cities grew bigger and bigger, their graveyards grew fuller and fuller. While the French filled catacombs beneath Paris, the English literally held their noses (although plenty of evidence was there to be seen, and the likes of Charles Dickens weren't afraid to talk about it). Things came to a head in the Enon Chapel scandal, a tale involving quicklime, quadrilles, and George "Graveyard" Walker.



We'll look at public reactions, and end with a brief survey of the remedies that were suggested, from garden cemeteries to the Pyramid of Death.



Jo "the historymonger" Bath is a Doctor of Crime (well, seventeenth century crime), but is equally at home in all periods of history, as long as she gets to mess around with the gory, sexy, spooky, wild, weird or wonderful bits of it. She teaches history to anyone of any age who stays still long enough to listen, and has recently braved doing so via this "internet" thing as well.

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4th June 2022,
5:00pm
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