Before 1 April 1974, burial places could be provided at the public expense under the provisions of either the Burial Acts 1852–1906 or the Public Health (Interments) Act 1879.
Under the Burial Acts 1852–1906, burial grounds were provided by burial boards or by local authorities or by combinations of local authorities, whilst under the Public Health (Interments) Act 1879 cemeteries were provided by local authorities or by combinations of local authorities. Each system had its own advantages1.
Since 1 April 1974, when the Local Government Act 1972 and
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