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 sensibly 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