Burial Act | Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Burial Act

The Burial Act of 1880 is passed, enabling ministers of non-conformist Christian denominations such as Methodists or Baptists to conduct funerals in Church of England churchyards, and not restricted to using Anglican burial rites. The first burial in Rectory Lane Cemetery under the Burial Act takes place, he burial of a child, with Rev. James Menzies of Berkhamsted Congregational Church (which once stood on the corner of Castle St and Chapel St) officiating.