1873 in Wales

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This article is about the particular significance of the year 1873 to Wales and its people.



  • 1 March — The sailing ship Chacabuco sinks off the Great Orme with the loss of 24 lives.
  • 9 October — The first recorded sheepdog trial in the UK takes place at Bala.
  • 2 December — In a mining accident at Hafod Colliery, Rhiwabon, five men are killed.
  • Construction of the Holyhead breakwater (the longest in the world) is completed after 28 years.
  • Work begins on the Severn tunnel.
  • The Glyn Valley Tramway opens, carrying slate from Glyn Ceiriog to Chirk.
  • Construction of the Morriston Tabernacle chapel, the biggest in Wales at the time.
  • Construction of lighthouse on Ynys Llanddwyn.

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  • December 1873 — Major Walter Wingfield of Nantclwyd Hall at Llanelidan designs a game for the amusement of his visitors. Wingfield soon patents nets for the game of lawn tennis, which he calls......
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