Ann Moreton Crutchley, 1864-1913

by Wayne Piotr Cronin-Wojdat

The gravestone marking the burial of Ann Moreton Crutchley at Coedpoeth Cemetery ranks amongst the most unusual gravestones that I have seen.  Her gravestone is designed as a small house with the windows and doors etched onto it.  The gravestone inscription is on the roof of the house.

“In loving memory of Annie Morton, the beloved wife of Arthur Crutchley, who died May 24th 1913, aged 49”

Ann was born in Minera in 1864.  She subsequently married Arthur Crutchley in Ormskirk, Lancashire in 1893. At the time of her marriage, she became known as Annie Morton Crutchley and it seems that although at the time of her birth and marriage, her surname was registered as Moreton, she subsequently used the middle name Morton, possibly in error.

Arthur, her husband, originated from a building family, and he is likely to have learnt his building skills from his father, Samuel, who described himself as a master builder.  It seems likely that the usual gravestone is a nod to his occupation.

Despite the family residing in Birkdale, Lancashire, Ann died in, and was buried, near to her home village.

Coedpoeth Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Coedpoeth

Source: Wayne Piotr Cronin-Wojdat; historical gems.