1842 in Wales

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1842 in
The United Kingdom

This article is about the particular significance of the year 1842 to Wales and its people.



  • 12 April — Chartist Convention meets in London to arrange to submit another petition to parliament. Delegates include Morgan Williams, who brings with him a petition signed by 36,000 people from south Wales.
  • 7 MayJohn Bennion of Flintshire, and his wife Elizabeth, arrive in Nauvoo on the John Cummins to join the Mormon community.
  • 12 June — The first Welsh language service in Waukesha County, USA, is held at Bronyberllan, home of Richard "King" Jones.
  • July
  • August — Workers at Cyfarthfa and Penydarren ironworks join the general strike.
  • 30 August — Sir William Nott defeats the Afghans at Ghazni.
  • Missionary Thomas Jones produces his first Khasi Reader and his translation of a Welsh-language work Rhodd Mam ("A Mother's Gift") into the Khasi language.
  • A Royal Commission chaired by Robert Hugh Franks reports on the employment of children in the coal industry in South Wales. They find that children as young as six are working twelve-hour shifts underground.
  • Opening of the Glyncorrwg Railway.
  • Henry Robertson arrives in Wales to work as an engineer. Later he settles near Wrexham and builds Palé Hall.
  • John Cory and his family move to the docks area of Cardiff and open a ship-broking business.
  • Henry Hussey Vivian takes over the management of the Liverpool branch of the firm of Vivian and Sons.
  • The Town Dock is built at Newport.
  • A Protestant mission to “the Welsh people in France” is established by Rev James Williams and his wife at S. Malo, Brittany.
  • Two Explosions at the Blackvein Colliery in Cross Keys result in a total of 5 deaths.
  • Tyn Rhos Chapel is established in Ohio.

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