Pentrebychan Crematorium is on the outskirts of Wrexham and was opened in 1966. The site was previously the location of Pentrebychan Hall.
The first Hall at Pentrebychan is believed to have been built at the beginning of the 17th century by Hugh Meredith of Wrexham. The family traced their ancestry to Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, Prince of Powys. The Hall and estate were described as being among the most extensive in the area and many of the Welsh place names on the estate in the days of the early Merediths are extant today.
The crematorium handles 1600 cremations per year, with 50% from the borough of Wrexham and 50% from other areas. The crematorium grounds extend for 40 acres and are maintained as semi natural woodland (including three pools and Pentrebychan brook). Animal species located in the grounds include heron, badgers, buzzards, snakes, ducks and owls. The grounds also consist of one ungrazed paddock which is kept as a wild meadow and an arboretum. A section of Offa's Dyke passes through the Crematorium grounds.
Part of our service is to provide a focus for people's memories. People who choose to be cremated may not have the focal point which a grave provides and generally people have the choice of taking remains or having them strewn in the crematorium grounds. The following quote was taken from a letter written to Pentrebychan Crematorium and sums up what is trying to be achieved:
"We visited in memory of my father and for the first time walked down to the Lily Pool. We were very impressed by the whole standard of maintenance and this made a sad day into a happy one for us. Thank you"
At Pentrebychan Crematorium we provide a range of choices. People may choose to have remains strewn in any of four gardens:
Walled Garden - a formal garden within the walls of the 17th century Hall
Wisteria Walk - a new garden, the Wisteria Walk is landscaped in a modern design incorporating shale rockery beds set in lawn turf areas.
Lily Pool - situated in the woodlands and surrounded by stately, mature trees and lawns on which the remains are strewn. Waterfowl and other wildlife by the Lily Pool can be seen in the adjacent woodland.
Daffodil Meadow - informal in character with daffodils, bluebells, snowdrops and other wild flowers growing in abundance.
All remains are strewn on 'plots' which are numbered and which can be easily identified.
Pentrebychan Crematorium also has a Book of Remembrance. This is housed in a small chapel at the front of the main building. The chapel is open every day of the year, including Christmas Day. People are free to choose their own wording and can view their entry whenever they wish. They may also have a miniature copy of the book and their inscription.
The Book of Remembrance at Pentrebychan Crematorium
Finally, every year we hold a Memorial Service at Pentrebychan Crematorium to commemorate friends and family who have been cremated at Pentrebychan. This is an ecumenical service and is usually held in July.
The crematorium is open to the public during the following times:
The entrance gates to the grounds are closed 15 minutes before the official closing time, to allow staff the ability to secure the buildings and premises prior to locking the gates at the appointed time.
Crematorium Provisions, Funeral Bookings etc
Cemeteries & Crematorium Registrar
Telephone: 01978 840068
Fax: 01978 846211
The authority welcomes comments and suggestions for the improvement of the cemetery, and for the council's cemetery services. Please contact the above.
Chief Environment Officer
Wrexham County Borough Council
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