We are the poorer this week for the loss of a friend who Richard has known for more years than me. We give thanks for his life and all the good and charitable work he did. We shall miss you Robert! So we shall be going to his funeral next week. Just this week while doing a bit of background on an unrelated topic I came across a burial certificate which you can see here. It was not to say that the deceased was buried - but was buried in wool. It is hard to believe that the decline of the woollen industry in the UK started in 1678, but as times were hard, it became law that everyone had to be buried in wool. Inspectors were sent out to ensure the deceased was properly clothed in their woollen shroud. Fines were heavy for transgressors, though many preferred the centuries-old custom of being buried in linen. The Act was not successful, but it was not repealed until 1812, by which time it was virtually forgotten.
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