Today in History: March 26



In 1885

On a serious note, without any joking,

The first official British cremation

Had a stoking in Woking.*

*Sir Henry Thompson [pictured above in a painting by Sir John Everett Millais] bought the land the crematorium was built on in 1878.  Physician to Queen Victoria, Thompson was instrumental in founding the Cremation Society of Great Britain in 1874.  The crematorium was first tested on the body of a horse in 1879. The first human cremated was a Mrs. Pickersgill who was said to be “well-known in literary and scientific circles.” Pictured below is the Woking crematorium in 2018.



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  • Thanks. It's good to know it's that well established.

  • Sure that's not related to Woking the dog?

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