11 October, 2011 at 19:11 #901anneParticipant
The word ‘Bier’ is an old English word in use for at least 1000 years. It comes from the same root as the word ‘bear’ meaning ‘carry’.
Coffins were sometimes carried on a hand drawn bier to a cemetery.
They used to be made of wood, although present day versions may be made of aluminium.
Wooden examples still exist, as the one in Northamptonshire (see Wikipedia) and also two fine examples in Suffolk, one of which is dated 1890.
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