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Image of burial in woollen affidavit

Burial in Woollen

  • Burial in woollen affidavit
  • Parish of Plumstead
  • May 1759
  • 159 x 102mm (6¼ x 4in)

The Burial in Woollen Acts 1666-80 were Acts of the Parliament of England which required the dead, except plague victims, to be buried in pure English woollen shrouds to the exclusion of any foreign textiles.

It was a requirement that an affidavit be sworn in front of a Justice of the Peace (usually by a relative of the deceased or some other credible person) confirming burial in wool.




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