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.