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The Influence of Victorian Mourning on Reading Cemetery Talk

For Family and Social Historians

The iconic landmark that is Reading Cemetery, on London Road, was established after an act of Parliament in 1842. The first burial took place a year later. Its design was based on London’s seven “garden cemeteries” and influenced by the writings of the landscape gardener John Claudius Loudon.

This talk tells of the growth of the cemetery in the Victorian period, and the development of more flamboyant, ritualised forms of mourning after the death of Prince Albert in 1861.

After the talk, tea/coffee and cake will be available (included in the price). Pre-booking is preferred, but you can pay on the door, if there are spaces available.  


About Berkshire Family History Society

This talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity number 283010.