Victorian London - Death and Dying - Funerals - Undertaker's bill

November 1836

MRS. BEECH DR. TO W. LARNER

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For the Funeral of Wm. Beech, Esqr. a 6 foot 21 inch lid strong elm coffin lined and ruffled with fine cambric and pitched cambric and wool bed mattress 2 6 0
Mattress 0 10 0
Superfine cambric Shroud, Sheet, Cap and Pillow 2 2 0
Four men taking in do. 0 4 0
One outside strong elm case made to receive the above, covered with black cloth, nailed with best black nails, ornamented with japaned drops, double metal plate gloria turns, four pair of shield handles with wrought grips and finished in the best manner 6 15 0
Four men taking in do. 0 4 0
Cementing in the body and moving do. downstairs 0 7 6
Church fees 0 10 0
Moving ledger and extra depth 0 5 0
Early dues 0 7 6
Ringing the bell 0 5 0
2 Porters at the door in gowns, staves, silk covers, halberds and gloves 1 6 0
Hearse and four horses 2 16 0
2 Coaches and pairs 2 16 0
To fetching and taking home company 0 11 0
Use of a lid of best black feathers 0 18 0
To 15 plumes for hearse and horses 1 10 0
Do. for 4 coach horses 0 10 0
To Best Pall 0 10 0
To a set of Velvets for Hearse and four horses 1 2 0
Do. 3 Velvet Hamm cloths 0 10 6
Do. for four coach horses 0 10 0
Use of seven superfine cloaks 0 10 6
Do. for coachman 0 3 0
4 wands and 4 truncheons 0 2 0
8 Bearers to bear the body and attend the hearses and coaches 1 0 0
10 silk hat-bands for the company 4 0 0
11 pairs of Gents' best kid gloves 2 2 9
14 pairs of ladies' do. do. 1 5 0
1 crepe hatband 0 2 6
Full fittings for the Minister 1 11 6
Common fittings for the clerk and sexton 1 1 0
8 silk hatbands and gloves for the bearers 2 2 0
3 do. do. for coachman 1 10 0
3 men with the coaches and turnpikes in fetching company 0 3 0
8 Funeral letters, postage and delivery 0 4 0
Allowance for men at different times 0 6 6
Self-attending the funeral, hatband and gloves and man to assist 0 15 0
Packing case and carriage 0 2 6
Raising the stones in the churchyard 0 3 0
Inscription in ledger 0 10 6
Receipt stamp 3 13 7
49 5 10

 Dion Clayton Calthrop, I Will be Good!, 1929