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Latitude: 53.2855 / 53°17'7"N
Longitude: -3.5832 / 3°34'59"W
OS Eastings: 294553
OS Northings: 377675
OS Grid: SH945776
Mapcode National: GBR 3ZFF.1Y
Mapcode Global: WH657.XPX3
Entry Name: Monument to the great rail disaster of 1868 in the Churchyard of Church of St Michael
Listing Date: 5 August 1997
Last Amended: 5 August 1997
Source ID: 18697
Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Location: The monument is set against the eastern churchyard wall, on the N side of the Church of St Michael.
Built-Up Area: Abergele
Traditional County: Denbighshire
The monument is to commemorate the loss of 33 victims of the rail accident near Abergele which happened on 20th August 1868, amongst whom were Lord Farnham, Rev Sir Nicholas Chinnery, Judge Berwick and others. The Irish mail train collided with three runaway goods trucks loaded with barrels of parrafin. The monument was erected probably at the expence of John Roberts, local benefactor, as the materials used are very similar to his father's monument at Mynydd Seion and his house at Bryngwenallt.
A granite tablet inscribed with cut and gilded lettering, set between pink granite columns supporting a gabled head, the soffit trefoil shaped over the tablet itself, and bearing gilded lettering and IHS monogram. The monument is set on a twice chamfered stone plinth and is enclosed by an elongated burial ground, approximately 19m x 3m, defined by limestone posts and iron chains.
Included as a monument of significance in the history of Abergele, and for group value with the Church of St Michael.
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