|John Amies April 24th 1837|
Aged 78 years
© Godric Godricson
"Dealings with the Dead" (1856) warns us against burying the dead in vaults in the urban environment. However, John Amies in Trunch was buried a few years before the Sextons admonishment and is evidence of a trend towards burials within Churches. John Amies was laid to rest (like so many before him) in the floor.
Public health messages took time to become entrenched. The 'Gentleman' could still be buried within the parish Church along with his ancestors and in effect built up a cultic centre of ancestor worship.