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Modern Times: 1950s to The Present Day

Buildings and Cityscape


By Ronnie Scott

Linn Crematorium Cremation continued to grow in popularity during this period and, following the Cremation Act of 1952, three new crematoria were opened in quick succession: Daldowie (1955), Craigton (1957) and Linn (1962), the first and last of these owned and operated by Glasgow Corporation. Linn Cemetery was added to the city's burial spaces in 1961, principally to serve the Castlemilk peripheral housing estate.

Linn Cemetery By 2003, around seventy per cent of the 8,000 people who died each year in Glasgow were cremated. This was, in part, influenced by the decision, in 1963, by the Roman Catholic Church to withdraw its ban on cremation. Other faiths in Glasgow have differing views on burial and cremation, which has had an impact on the cemeteries and crematoria of Glasgow. Muslims and orthodox Jews, for example, choose burial, while Sikhs choose cremation followed by a ritual scattering of ashes.

The biggest issues facing cemetery managers in Glasgow today are vandalism and decay in the older grounds, and informal monumentation, especially around children's graves, in the newer ones. This latter challenge led to the creation of an Infant Memorial Garden in Linn Cemetery in the summer of 2003. Other innovations introduced by Glasgow City Council include electronic books of remembrance installed at Daldowie and Linn crematoria, and an above-ground columbarium, where cremated remains can be permanently placed, at Daldowie. Cemetery tourism, which began almost as soon as Glasgow Necropolis opened in 1833, continues to be a feature of the Necropolis and other historic burial grounds.

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