Grave of Thomas James Galloway Garrett

conwy_grave_thomas_james_galloway_garrettThomas James Galloway Garrett (d.1923)

Thomas James Galloway Garrett was a Manchester doctor who had rich clients but also provided a clinic for poor people. He moved from the city to Conwy for the sake of his own health.

He set aside some of the rooms in his house, in the Morfa area of Conwy, for poor children who were bedevilled by Manchester’s smog. The clean, coastal air was beneficial to their health. Funds were raised to buy several more houses in the vicinity, and by 1916 the facilities were recognised as a home for ailing children.

Dr Garrett died in September 1923, aged 63. His gravestone included elaborate stone carvings of children, subsequently decapitated.

His wife Catherine continued the institution, which became the Dr Garrett Memorial Home. She is buried with her husband.

The home passed into the ownership of Manchester City Council. It helped thousands of children who had suffered from poverty, neglect, illness and other difficulties before its closure in 1989.

A road in the Morfa area – close to the site of the children’s home – is named Dr Garrett’s Drive in his honour.

His brother George designed and built one of the world’s earliest powered submarines, which lies on the seabed near Rhyl.

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