Graves at St Agnes Cemetery, Conwy

Graves at St Agnes Cemetery, Conwy

conwy_st_agnes_church_and_cemeteryUse the lists and map below to find the interesting graves we’ve selected in the original part of St Agnes Cemetery, which belongs to the Church in Wales. Click the person’s name to see our information about him or her, with a photo of their grave to help you find it.

When you go to look at the graves, please take care and remember that the ground at cemeteries can be uneven.

The cemetery was consecrated in 1863 after the St Mary’s Churchyard became too full to accommodate further burials.

A small iron church, dedicated to St Agnes, was built in the upper part of the original cemetery in 1875 and was demolished c.1972. The church is conwy_st_agnes_churchvisible in the bottom left corner of the old photo on the right. The photo on the left shows the roofless church shortly before demolition.

Conwy County Borough Council manages the newer section to the west, which opened in 1921.

Most of the graves in the oldest section of the cemetery were hidden by dense foliage until 2017, when the whole area was cleared at the instigation of the Friends of St Agnes Cemetery.

With thanks to Will Swales, Ray Castle, the Rev David Parry, Barry Hillier, Anna and Ruth Bitowski, Jane Linford, Fiona Richards and Adrian Hughes of the Home Front Museum, Llandudno

Postcode: LL32 8RY

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Western sector
1, Norman Stott (d.1927) - died of exposure on a disastrous climbing trip in Snowdonia
2, Thomas James Galloway Garrett (d.1923) - doctor who founded home for city children in Conwy’s clean air
3, Margaret Williams (d.2015) - journalist and author who owned Britain’s Smallest House
4, John Fitzmaurice Pinchin (d.1929) - Irish Sea ferry captain who got OBE after for his wartime service
5, William Allan (d.1911) - National School headmaster for 40 years. Half the town’s residents attended his funeral
6, John David Polin (d.1917) - caught TB, probably from his mother, while on leave from the Western Front
7, Richard Owen (d.1932) - fell in love with the new dairy maid the instant she stepped off the train in Conwy
8, Alexander McGilp (d.1917) - within 18 months, jeweller’s family lost father and three sons, one in the First World War

Central sector
10, Elizabeth Ann Jones (d.1965) - died aged 100. Outlived three of her children, one of whom died in Second World War
11, Evan Evans (d.1903) - Conwy harbour master who lost many children, one in the 'Conwy boating disaster'
12, Evan Parry Hughes (d.1910) - involved in building Conwy Valley railway and running steamers to Trefriw
13, Buckley Ousey (d.1889) - painter whose promising career was cut short by his early death, aged 37
14, Fanny and Beatrice Varcoe (d.1890) - young visitors who drowned in the ‘Conwy boating disaster’
15, John Dawson Watson (d.1892) - artist whose pictures and bust are on view in the Castle Hotel
16, Samuel, John and Richard Roberts (d.1880s) – famed preachers. Two tried to found a Welsh settlement in USA
17, Mary and Ethel Taylor (d.1899) - little girls who drowned in a reservoir on the day their brother died in hospital
18, William Petch (d.1927) - signalman whose vigilance prevented an Irish Mail train disaster in Conwy

Eastern sector
20, Sarah Dutton (d. 1920) - took over Castle Hotel aged 26. Responsible for the hotel’s spectacular frontage
21, Owen Evans (d.1915) - photographer who died while seeking a new photo viewpoint on Conwy Mountain
22, Robert Stephen (d.1879) - policeman, poet and composer, famed for his song 'Yr Alarch'
23, Morgan Morgan (d.1870) - vicar of Conwy for over 30 years. Church’s east window commemorates him
24, William Hughes (d.1883) - Conwy Town Council’s first mayor. Solicitor for the area’s wealthiest families