1882 in Wales

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This article is about the particular significance of the year 1882 to Wales and its people.



  • 10 January — The vessels Constancia and Primus attempt to pass through a lock at Newport Docks at the same time and a collision results. The lock is blocked and the vessels already in the dock are trapped for nearly two weeks. The resulting losses eventually culminate in the demise of the Newport Dock Company a year later.
  • February — Charles Wilkins launches the English-language periodical Red Dragon in Cardiff.
  • 11 February — Six miners are killed in an accident at the Lewis Merthyr Colliery.
  • 3 March — Five miners are killed in an accident at the Henwaen Colliery, Blaina.
  • 20 October — The steamer Clan MacDuff sinks off Holyhead, resulting in 32 deaths.
  • 1 November — An Austrian barque, the Petroslava, is wrecked on Skokholm with the loss of 10 of its 11 crew members.
  • 16 November — New Fishguard Lifeboat Station boat Sir Edward Perrott launches 5 times and rescues 46 lives from 15 different vessels.[1]
  • Anti-Irish riots break out at Tredegar.
  • Lager is brewed at Wrexham, for the first time in the UK.
  • Brains Brewery opens in Cardiff.
  • St Catharine's Church, Baglan, is consecrated.
  • The Welsh Charity School in Ashford, Surrey, becomes girls-only and changes its name to the Welsh Girls’ School.
  • Slate workings in Cwm Llan on Snowdon are closed because of the expense of transporting the slate to a port.

Arts and literature[edit]

The Cambrian Academy of Art becomes the 'Royal Cambrian Academy of Art' after gaining patronage from Queen Victoria.


National Eisteddfod of Wales — held at Denbigh

New books[edit]






  1. ^ "Fishguard lifeboat station". History Points. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Wales 7-1 Ireland". Welsh football data archive. 25 February 1882.