Burials by Day of Week

The working class, to avoid losing at least half a day’s pay, preferred to bury their dead on Sundays. Thus between 1837 and 1869, Sunday, with 21% of all interments, was the most popular day for funerals. Then in 1869 the Cemetery Company required that all Sunday burials took place before 9.30 am. The effect of these limited hours was that over the next few years the number of Sunday burials fell. By 1880 they had reached a negligible number while the cemetery business remained reasonably constant . The working class, as a result, had to make Saturday the chosen day for funerals. This coincided with the advent of the half holiday on that day for some workers, a practice which became more general by the 1890s.

1837-1846 1847-1856 1857-1866 1867-1876 1877-1886 1887-1896 1897-1906
Mon 238 733 1151 1666 2004 2211 2224
Tue 274 995 1740 1864 2300 2270 2164
Wed 327 974 1713 1944 2258 2358 2363
Thu 289 862 1504 1602 1934 1878 2035
Fri 285 901 1449 1518 1722 1654 1599
Sat 132 517 902 1492 2353 2573 2667
Sun 402 1320 2247 1353 528 112 131
Total 1947 6302 10706 11439 13139 13056 12980