Death on the Canal - 1805, Meredith Arthur
Death on the (Mon & Brec) Canal

I did the standard investigation for this weblog collection a couple of a long time in the past. Then, as usual, flitted alongside to the subsequent thing that caught my interest. Now I’m attempting to flesh the circumstances out and existing to you my justification for not getting a fan of strolling along the canal on dark and lonely evenings… For additional canal deaths, verify out the learn write-up.


The Cambrian of Saturday Oct 19th 1805 noted:

“A human being of the title of Meredith Arthur, who resided close to Brecon, and who, by his penurious method of residing, had obtained a little residence, attended the sale of some estates at the Lion Inn on Saturday final: he experienced bought just one lot, but owning drank too freely, and his road house being by the canal, he fell into it, and was drowned. What is a minor incredible, when he was 1st found out, he was discovered standing nearly upright in the water, with his hat on his head and his staff in his hand. An inquest was held on the body on Monday, and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death. This is the second fatal accident which has occurred on this canal inside of the final twelve months by way of inebriety.”

Cambrian, 19/10/1805

Meredith had been baptised at Nantmel, Radnorshire, on October 30th 1745.

baptism register

We following listen to of him in 1754, inheriting as the nephew of Winifred Coslet. One more probate record reveals him inheriting as the nephew of Thomas Jones in Novemer 1765.

On July 6th 1802 Arthur married Anne Watkins at Llanfihangel Tallyllyn. Anne was born c. 1741 this means the bride and groom were being 61 and 57 respectively.

marriage record

The pair lived together at Llansantffraed in Brecon – right up until the fateful Saturday (October 12th) Meredith selected to go drinking after paying for a ton at an estate sale held at the Lion Inn. The inquest into his demise was held on Monday October 14th, and he was buried on Wednesday Oct 16th 1805 at Llansanffraid-Ar-Wysg. The burial sign-up describes him – to some degree unfairly! – as possessing ‘drowned himself in the canal.’

Burial Record

Anne lived on a very little lengthier but was buried on April 9th 1807.

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