Monmouth Cemetery

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Monmouth Cemetery
Chapel at Monmouth Cemetery.JPG
The former chapel of rest in the Cemetery, built in 1851
Established 1 December 1851 (1851-12-01)
Location Osbaston Road, Monmouth
Country Wales
Coordinates 51°49′11″N 2°42′54″W / 51.8196°N 2.7150°W / 51.8196; -2.7150Coordinates: 51°49′11″N 2°42′54″W / 51.8196°N 2.7150°W / 51.8196; -2.7150
Owned by Monmouthshire Council
Size 7 acres (2.8 ha)

Monmouth Cemetery is a cemetery located at Osbaston Road, Monmouth, Wales. It was available for burials between 1852 and 2012.


Monmouth Cemetery was opened on 1 December 1851. The ground was consecrated on 23 June 1852 by the Bishop of Llandaff with the vicar of Monmouth, the Reverend E. F. Arney. The first burial took place on 25 June 1852.[1] The first ashes to be interred, in February 1930, were those of Reverend Kean Mottram Pitt, who died aged 70 on the Isle of Wight, and were placed in his parents' grave.[2]

Map of Monmouth Cemetery 1880
Map of Monmouth Cemetery 1960 showing the expansion into the field to the north

The cemetery came into existence because Monmouth Council had decided to close St Mary's Churchyard in Monmouth for burials as decaying human remains were appearing above ground. This was caused by the raised height of the churchyard. Residents in neighbouring Whitecross Street suffered a high mortality rate as a result and unpleasant odours from the churchyard were also evident[1]

Henry Somerset, 7th Duke of Beaufort sold the land to the Council for use as the new cemetery. The cemetery has been enlarged several times and now covers about 7 acres (2.8 ha). Monmouth Union Workhouse (opened 1870) and Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls (1897) are nearby. Because of its proximity to Monmouth workhouse an area of the cemetery, currently used for cremated remains, was designated for use of the paupers. The Paupers' Graves are mostly unmarked however in 1909 a hooded wooden cross was set in stone and unveiled. It is inscribed in Latin with Ave Crux Spes Unica meaning 'Hail, O Cross, Our Only Hope'.[3] The site is now owned and maintained by Monmouthshire County Council.[1]

There is a small former chapel of rest at the cemetery, designed by Rev. M. Wyatt and built by Charles Jackson[3] in 1851.[4] It was closed to the public about 1969,[5] but restored in 2010 and, following a celebratory opening on 26 June 2010, is now used as a genealogy centre.[6]

The cemetery is open all hours with open access and parking. Its hillside situation means that some of its paths are quite steep.[7] In 2012 the cemetery closed for new burials due to lack of space.[8]


  • Three water points, placed at intervals on the path network.[7]
  • Limited parking at the chapel, mid-way and at the top of the cemetery.[7]

Notable interments[edit]



  1. ^ a b c "History of Monmouth Cemetery". Monmouthshire County Council. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  2. ^ David Harrison, "Monmouth Cemetery, Trail 1", June 2008, p.5
  3. ^ a b David Harrison, "Monmouth Cemetery, Trail 1", June 2008, p.4
  4. ^ Keith Kissack, Monmouth and its Buildings, Logaston Press, 2003, ISBN 1-904396-01-1, p.88
  5. ^ "Monmouth chapel restoration begins". The South Wales Argus. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Monmouthshire County Council Newsletter Summer 2010". Monmouthshire County Council. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "About Monmouth Cemetery". Monmouthshire County Council. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "No new graves at Monmouth Cemetery". Welcome to Monmouth. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Cpl. William Wilson Allen (1240 B Co. 24th Regiment)". Retrieved 27 February 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ David Harrison, "Monmouth Cemetery, Trail 1", June 2008 p. 9-10>
  11. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report.

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