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Below is a copy of the regulations regarding payments for grave diggers and covering the duties of their superintendents. I've tried to keep the typesetting as close to the original document as possible.

It is part of the Lamb collection in the central library, and is at present in a fragile condition, but makes for interesting reading.







For the


Of the


Approved of, and ordered to be printed, by the Magistrates

and Town Council

2d August 1832.



Duties of the superintendent.

I. The superintendent shall be in attendance on the

Ground, or in the office, from the hour of ten to twelve

in the forenoon of every lawful day ; and shall make

arrangements so as to be accessible at all reasonable hours.

II. The undertaker, or individual ordering a grave,

shall, as soon as possible after the decease of the per-

son to be interred, give notice to the superintendent, of

the day and hour when the funeral is intended to take


III. The undertaker, or individual ordering a grave,

shall furnish to the superintendent-- the NAME and

DESIGNATION of the deseased, the AGE, PLACE of BIRTH,


GRAVE ; and these particulars are to be entered into

the Record kept by the superintendent, and signed by

the person ordering the grave.

IV. All dues to be paid to the superintendent when

the order for a grave is given, who shall grant receipt

for the same, and account for these payments to the

Hospital Factor weekly.

V. The superintendent shall be careful that all stones

and remains of the coffins thrown out in digging graves,

be removed, and the bones seperated from the

earth, and carefully placed in the bottom of the grave

from which they were dug, immediately after the making

of the grave is completed. The superintendent shall

also see that the planks and spokes are kept in a pro-

per condition, and that at funerals the planks are pro-

perly placed.

VI. When two of more funerals are fixed for the

same day, the superintendent shall intimate the same

to the undertakers , &c, that they may, if possible, fix

upon different hours for the funerals : But when two or

more funerals take place at the same hour, the super-

intendent shall have, at least, two sextons, or assist-

ants, ready at each funeral of an adult person ; and,

at least, one at that of every child ;- the assistants to

be paid from the ordinary dues of the sextons.

VII. The sextons shall, under the direction of the

superintendent, be employed in removing stones, &c,

and in keeping the Ground and roads in proper order,

without any payment beyond their ordinary dues.







Sexton`s Dues.

Hospital Dues.


Large, covered

3s 6d


9s 6d

Small, covered

2s 6d


5s 6d

Large, plain

2s 6d


4s 6d

Small, plain

1s 6d


2s 6d


... 8d


... 8d



For the erection of a tombstone upon pillars...........




For the erection of a headstone..............................




For revising a tomb, or headstone..........................







 No stone shall be erected or revised without permission, in

writing, from the Hospitalmaster or Factor, after an examina-

tion by the superintendent, and the dues for such erection

or revising shall have been previously paid to the Factor.


The ordinary depth of graves to be five feet, when the state

of the ground renders this practicable ; and when required

beyond that depth, they are to be paid for according to the

following scale, --the depth to be measured from the surface

of the ground at the center of the grave.



Large, covered.

Small, covered.

Large plain.

Small plain.

5 feet

3s 6d

2s 6d

2s 6d

1s 6d

6 .....

4s 6d

3s 6d

3s 0d

2s 6d

7 .....

6s 6d

5s 0d

4s 6d

4s 0d

8 .....

10s 0d

7s 6d

7s 0d

6s 0d

9 .....

14s 0d

11s 0d

10s 6d

9s 0d


In cases of extreme poverty, when a certificate is produced

from two Elders, stating, from their own personal knowledge,

the inability of the relatives of the deceased to pay the Hospi-

tal dues, the Hospitalmaster may order them to be remitted.


Although the Magistrates and Council are desirous that

the burials of the extremely poor shall be conducted free of

all expense, except the nett charge for digging the grave, the

Superintendent is instructed that every attention be paid to

the decency and order of these funerals, and that the registra-

tion be completed in the same manner as at funerals where

the highest dues are paid.


The Magistrates and Council earnestly request that the

particulars required by the Third Article of the Superintend-

ent`s Duties be carefully furnished, as the value of the regis-

ter for reference will depend solely upon the fullness and ac-

curacy with which these particulars are recorded.



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