OUR HISTORY

HISTORY OF THE CREMATION SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN

 

The Society, a registered charity, not conducted for profit, was established in 1874. It is the pioneer of cremation in Great Britain and built and operated the very first crematorium for public use, in 1885 in Woking, Surrey.

The history of modern cremation in Great Britain can be viewed here

More information on the founders of the Cremation Society of Great Britain can be viewed here

You may also wish to visit the UK Medical History Library website on which you will find a number of publications relating to cremation including

Sir Henry Thompson's 'Cremation : The treatment of the body after death'

 

Dr William Price - Welsh Druid High Priest - First Legal Test of Cremation   Sir Henry Thompson - founder of The Cremation Society of Great Britain in 1874