Honoretta <I>Brooks</I> Pratt

Honoretta Brooks Pratt

Birth
Death 26 Sep 1769 (aged 92–93)
Burial Mayfair, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Plot churchyard
Memorial ID 16980806 · View Source
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English Society matron who became the recipient of the first recorded cremation in Britain when she was burnt in her open grave at the burial ground of St George Hanover Square, West London - now known as the Mount Street Gardens, behind the Grosvenor Chapel. She believed that "the vapours rising from the graves in the churchyard were hurtful to others" and she ordered that her "body be burnt upon the place where my dear late niece Ann Place lies buried". The legality of cremation was not accepted by a court of law until 1884, but she was sufficiently well connected to have her dying wishes accepted. However, it may have been a 'chemical cremation' accomplished with the use of unslaked lime, according to a contemporary newspaper.


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  • Created by: Mark McManus
  • Added: 10 Dec 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16980806
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Honoretta Brooks Pratt (1676–26 Sep 1769), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16980806, citing Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Mark McManus (contributor 46593855) .