My current work in progress, The Shackletons of Whitehaven, has a scene where a mother and daughter – Dolly and Becky – discuss the cost of burial in Whitehaven. The customary fee for a four foot grave was a shilling (1/-) because the gravediggers only had to go down four feet. After that it was an extra sixpence (6d) a foot until they reached nine feet. On top of that was the minister’s fee of three shillings and sixpence. So the cheapest burial was 4/6 and the most expensive 7/-. To put this in context a joiner working at a shipbuilders was earning about one shilling and sixpence (1/6) a week.
So how do I know this? From “The State of the Burial Grounds” section of this report.
How did I come across this? From Michael Moon, Lowther St, Whitehaven. For more years than I can remember I’ve been buying books from The Moons on Lowther St. Antiquarian bookseller and publisher.
My debut novel 'New Beginnings on Vancouver Island' is a historical romantic saga that features Whitehaven in Cumberland and the west coast of Canada, Set in 1854 it is faction based upon a journey taken by my relatives when they signed up with the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the mines in Colville (now Nanaimo). This is my debut novel. My second novel, "The Shackletons of Whitehaven'' a saga novel about a shipping family was published in September 2022.
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