She was a keen antiquarian and a member of various societies and she wrote articles and pamphlets on antiquarian and local history subjects. She married William Oakeley who became a preacher responsible for the spiritual welfare of the residents of the Newland Almshouses. When Monmouth High School for Girls was established in the 1890s Mary Ellen was appointed as one of four women governors responsible for the management of the school. Mary Ellen was a
firm, but peaceful supporter of women’s suffrage and she constantly urged the girls of the school to take full advantage of their educational opportunities.
Mary Ellen Bagnall-Oakeley died on May 26th 1904 aged 71. She is buried, with her husband, in Monmouth cemetery.
In House assembly and inter House competitions the idea of being firm, determined and making the most of what is available whilst having fun is a constant theme.
Students are awarded a CBE (Certificate of Bagnall Endeavours) for any special achievements and an OBE (Order of Bagnall Excellence) for any outstanding achievement.
The image of Mary Ellen Bagnall is reproduced here by kind permission of Monmouth District Council Museums Service. Monmouth Museum has a nice collection of her paintings.