HC Deb 08 June 1866 vol 184 cc532-3

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he is aware that the Midland Railway Company, having obtained an Act in 1863 for passing a bridge over the additional burial-ground of St. Pancras, has, in excess of its powers, taken a portion of the ancient churchyard of St. Pancras for such bridge, and is causing desecration thereby, the destruction of tombs, and the removal of the dead; whether he is aware that the Midland Railway Company, in working out the tunnel allowed them by their Act of 1864, will have to cut through a mass of dead from corner to corner of the cemetery; and, whether, the whole of the churchyard being closed under the Metropolitan Burial Act, 15 & 16 Vict. c. 85, he will interfere to protect the place from profanation, so injurious to public health and to the sacredness of the ground?


said, in reply, that in consequence of the notice placed on the paper by the hon. Member, he had directed an inspector, under the Burial Act, to proceed to the spot and see what the proceedings were.