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'