Child’s Body Banned from Parish Church

Funeral Under the New Burial Act

The first funeral under the new Burial Act took place in Skegness on Sunday last, the body being that of Arthur Tyrrell Moody, aged four years, only son of Samuel Moody, a Primitive Methodist local preacher.

The body was taken first to the Primitive Chapel, where in the presence of a large number of sympathising friends, one portion of the service was read in a most solemn and impressive manner by Mr. Charles Houghton.

The funeral cortege then proceeded to the churchyard.

After the interment had taken place by Mr. Charles Houghton, he gave out in a most touching manner that beautiful hymn “Safe in the Arms of Jesus”, the Sunday school children softly singing the same.

We understand the Rev. F. Baldwin expressed his sympathy with the bereaved parents and deeply regretted he was unable to allow the body admission to the parish church.

Source: Skegness Herald 13th June 1884

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