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Woodborough, a Sherwood Forest Village, recorded in Domesday

St Swithun’s churchyard for burials - Closure Act of Parliament

Notice of the Act that allowed the closure of St Swithun’s churchyard in Woodborough for burials was announced in the London Gazette May 24th 1878 as follows:

At the Court at Windsor, the 16th day of May 1878.


The QUEEN’S Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas the Right Honourable Richard Assheton Cross one of Her Majesty’s Principal Secretaries of State, after giving to the Incumbents and the Churchwardens of the Parishes hereinafter mentioned ten days previous notice of his intention to make such representation, has, under the provisions of the Act passed in the session of Parliament held in the sixteenth and seventeenth years of Her Majesty’s reign, intituled “an Act to amend the laws concerning the burial of the dead in England beyond the limits of the Metropolis, and to amend the Act concerning the burial of the dead in the Metropolis,” made a representation stating that, for the protection of the public health, no new burial-ground should be opened in the undermentioned parish without the previous consent of one of Her Majesty’s Principal Secretaries of State, and that burials should be discontinued therein, with the following modifications, viz:- Woodborough – wholly in the Parish Church of Woodborough, in the County of Nottingham; and in the churchyard after the thirty-first of December, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-eight.

Now, therefore, Her Majesty in Council is pleased hereby to give notice of such representation, and to order that the same be taken into consideration by a Committee of the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council on the sixth day of July next.

And Her Majesty is further pleased to direct that this Order be forthwith published in the London Gazette; and that copies thereof be affixed on the doors of the church, or on some conspicuous place within the parish affected by such representation one month before the said sixth day of July.

C.L. Peel


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