Highgate Cemetery scale of charges

From the Illustrated London News, October 1842.

Highgate Cemetery charges 1842

For comparison purposes, on the headline inflation rate, £1 in 1842 is approximately £85 in 2011,
and when you went shopping:

  • 1lb beef cost 6½d
  • 1lb bread cost 2d
  • 1 pint strong beer ½d

(There were 240d (old pence) in the pound.)
Approximate wages per annum: a farm worker earned £29, and a labourer earned £42. So it's very clear that only the rich were going to end up in Highgate.

(Food and wages figures from the excellent foodtimeline.org, to whom much thanks.)

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One Response to Highgate Cemetery scale of charges

  1. Dead man standing says:

    I think that these prices (even comparatively) show that dying was an expensive business. It would be fascinating to know what % of the dead took up the offer in Victorian London. I suspect that it's not that many.

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