Thursday, 22 April 2010

Crunwere Graves and Burials

Picture SurveyCarried out by Llanteg History Society with the help of a grant from PAVS.

The survey consisted of a photograph of each grave (296 in total in the parish church and two chapels). We then made out a sheet for each grave and used codes (taken from Harold Mytum's book) to categorise the styles of gravestone. We also collected the verses off the stones.

The names and dates of those buried had been collected previously and published in our Burial Booklet.

One copy of the survey has been sent to Harold Mytum of Liverpool University as he is doing research into Pembrokeshire gravestone styles.

Another was deposited at the Record Office, Haverfordwest.

We will be keeping the original photographs and one copy for the History Society.

We also gave copies of the relevent sections to Rev'd Geach (for Crunwere Church), Amroth Community Council (for Mountain Chapel) and E.C.Thomas & Sons (for Zoar Chapel of Rest).

Thanks to Ruth and Andy Webb, who, together with John Lewis-Tunster, took all the photographs and also to Ruth Webb who collected the verses off the gravestones. Ruth Roberts put the files together and stuck in all the photographs (which were all ordered via Kodak over the internet and delivered very promptly).

Ruth and Andy managed to decipher some gravestones that we had previously marked as ‘illegible’ in our earlier Grave Booklet and even managed to find three ‘new’ gravestones.  (Grave booklet with charts and names and dates from headstones is for sale for £3.)


During these 107 years there were 396 burials at Crunwere Church, averaging
between three and four a year. 1853 stands out as a particularly bad year as
there were thirteen burials. 1917/18/19 do not show a high degree of deaths
so Crunwere must have escaped the worst ravages of the Spanish ‘Flu
epidemic, except for Mrs Charlotte Dunbar, Headmistress, who died of the
influenza in December 1918.

Personal tragedies are revealed with the burials of three people from
the Folly between the 10th and 27th of January 1815 (William aged 22,
Hannah aged 21, and baby John 11 months).

Childhood mortality again affected one household in 1894 when
two children from Crafty, Agnes May and Florence Phillips, were buried
between the 15th and 28th May aged just 1 year and 4 years old.

The oldest person to be buried was Martha Thomas of Summerhill
who was 102 years when she died in February 1822. Mary Price of Lanteague
is recorded as being 101 years when she died in 1893, and Elizabeth Davis
of Bevlin 100 years when she was buried in 1849. In contrast the youngest
burial was in February 1910 when baby Agnes John of Llanteg Farm died
aged just six and a half hours.

Thomas Oriel, who died in 1848 aged four months, was living on
Caldey Island; while Thomas James from Milton died in London aged 26
years in 1858.

Some people who are buried in Crunwere churchyard must have
had rather grim ends to their lives, dying in the Narberth Union Workhouse
(now Allensbank).
They are recorded as:

James Dalton, aged 92, died 1863.
John Hodge, aged 14 months, died 1881.
Mary Griffiths, aged 85, died 1898.
Celia Dalton, aged 65, died 1899.
Mary Wilkins, aged 78, died 1910.
Another poor unfortunate was George Lewis, who died in 1904 aged
61 years at the Lunatic Asylum at Carmarthen.

Breakdown of Burials 1813-1920
Age     Burials

0-2        65

3-9        30

10-19    31

20-39    53

40-59    47

60-79  101

80-99    66

100+       3