1856 in Wales

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This article is about the particular significance of the year 1856 to Wales and its people.



  • 6 February — The sailing ship Grand Duke is wrecked off St Govan's Head, with the loss of 29 lives.
  • 10 March — John Jones is sentenced to three months hard labour for drunkenness.
  • May — John Frost is given an unconditional pardon for his role in the Newport Chartist demonstrations of 1839.
  • 3 July — 11 men are killed in a mining accident at Coalbrookdale, Nantyglo.
  • 15 July — 114 men are killed in a mining accident at New Cymmer Pit, Porth, Rhondda.
  • Troops are sent into Talargoch in Flintshire to deal with an industrial dispute involving lead miners.
  • Richard Cory sells his provision business, and begins to trade as "Richard Cory and Sons", in the coal and shipping business.

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