Cremations Increased Popularity
In its first year of operation, The Cremation Society’s Woking venue performed a grand total of three cremations, though this soon increased to 99 the next year. By 1892, the need for a second location was becoming apparent.
Moving into the 20th century, four crematoria were now in operation throughout the country to support the increasing need of roughly 400 cremations a year.
Within a further 50 years, that number had jumped to over 90,000, with close to 60 operational crematoria. At the time, these 90,000 cremations represented just 15% of all funerals.
Although cremations continued to steadily grow in population between the 1900s and 1950s, by the 1980s interest soared to 65% of all funerals. And by the turn of the millennium, more than 70% were cremations, with 242 crematoria in operation.
Today, there are nearly 300 crematoriums across the country, completing nearly 75% of all funerals. The simplicity and low costs compared to traditional burials have helped to make cremation the funeral of choice for most Brits. Even more so with the rise of direct cremations, making cremations better value than ever.