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Sep 16, 2023

Death at the Llangollen Canal

As you visit the peaceful, wooded setting of the Llangollen Canal at Pentrefelin you can now scan HistoryPoints QR codes to discover how the wharf there was still in industrial use when one of its cranes collapsed in 1877. The crane was loading slate slabs ...

into a canal boat, despite the nearby slate and slab works having been connected to the railway network years earlier. Assistant foreman John Williams was struck by the crane's broken beam and died a few days later. For more about the wharf and how slate arrived there from the quarries to the north, scan the QR codes by the towpath with your smartphone, or click here