Ashes to Ashes: How a Sporting Defeat Led to Major Social Change

England’s shocking cricket defeat at the hands of Australia in 1882 may have sowed the seeds for the legalisation of cremation within Great Britain. It was the first time that they had been beaten on their home turf, and a mock obituary mourning the death of English cricket followed soon after, joking that English Cricket was to be cremated. The author, Reginald Shirley Brooks, likely did this on purpose; by mentioning cremation (at the time a touchy subject), he had boosted its publicity, helping cremation advocates win over public opinion. Read full article here


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