The Friends of St. Peter's Berkhamsted

Friends of St Peter's, Great Berkhamsted

Agate and Howard families

Grave Number 800


There are three generations buried here, and interestingly include the two only children of William and Martha Howard, both of whom married Francis Agate.

Mabel Millicent, Francis George Agate’s first wife died on the 8th July 1907 in childbirth, when she was living at Severn-villa, Waldeck Avenue, Bedford. Her effects were valued at £70.9s.4d

Their daughter, also Mable Millicent, died only 6 months later, on 23rd January 1908, aged 6 months, of bronchitis. (See Watford Observer 1st February 1908)

The father, Francis George Agate, died on 7th December 1944 at Amersham aged 64 years. He had been born in Islington and had himself lost his father at a young age, his mother Sarah being described as a widow in 1881 when he was only 4. He and Mabel had married in 1902 at Berkhamsted.

In the 1911 census he was described as a widower and a ‘Second Class Officer of Customs and Excise’ and was then living in Stanley Avenue, Chesham with his mother and cousin, but very shortly afterwards he had re-married, this time to Lilian Harriet Mary Howard, who was, in fact, Mabel’s elder sister. Both had been born in Berkhamsted and were children of William and Martha Howard.  Lilian was described as a pupil teacher aged 15 in 1891. So Lilian married Francis and lost her father in the same year.  She died 10th December 1970 aged 95 years.



William George Howard died October 19th 1911 aged 64 years. He was born in Berkhamsted and was Manager of the Water Works in the town. (The Great Berkhamsted Waterworks Company was set up in 1864 (on the present site of W.H Smith and Boots, adjacent to the White Hart which itself stood next to the Town Hall).

mber of lovely wreaths laid on the grave.’

Death of Mr. W.G Howard – The death occurred on Thursday, the 19th inst of Mr. William George Howard, who for the past forty years had been manager for the Great Berkhamsted Waterworks. For a year or two he had suffered from a very painful complaint, which would not yield to operation and treatment by specialists. To M. Howard in his illness, and now to his relatives in their bereavement, very general sympathy has been extended. The loss to the Waterworks Company will be a severe one, as his service was particularly disinterested and faithful. The funeral took place on Monday at the Baptist Church, preceding the interment at the cemetery. The church was draped with black cloth and white flowers, and there was a large attendance. In addition to Mrs Howard (widow), Mrs Agate (daughter), Mr Agate, and other family mourners. Messrs G. Chilton, R. Gregory, J. North, P.H. De Fraine (directors of the Waterworks Company), M. Ballam (secretary), C.A.W. Codgbrook (manager of the Gas Company) and most of the deacons and fellow trustees of the deceased at the church, and many others attended as mourners. The service was conducted by the Rev. J.E Barton, who spoke in terms of the regard in which Mr. Howard was felt, and of the loss caused by his passing away. ‘O rest in the Lord’ was played on the organ by Mr J. Hurst before the service, and the “Dead March” at its conclusion. There were a large number of lovely wreaths laid on the grave.’   Bucks Herald 28th October 1911

His wife Martha died June 14th 1936 aged 87 years, and was then living at “Burnbrae” Stanley Avenue. She had been born at Two Waters.

In 1881 they had their two daughters living with them, Lillian (aged 5) and Mabel (aged 4) both of whom later married Francis Agate (Mabel first, Lillian second), which is why they are all buried in the same plot.

The Waterworks c.1920 is the building in the centre with the tall round-arched central entrance and balustraded pediment. The Managers accommodation was presumably on the first floor.























The Waterworks c.1920 is the building in the centre with the tall round-arched central entrance and balustraded pediment. The Managers accommodation was presumably on the first floor.

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