Cefn and Rhosymedre News 3rd May 1879
A severe thunderstorm passed over here last Sunday afternoon, about four o’clock.
On Sunday, the anniversary sermons of the Primitive Methodists at Rhosymedre, were preached by the Rev. Mr. Powell (Pontypridd), and Rev. G. Peake (Pastor).
On Monday evening, April 28, the Rey. E. Powell, Pontypridd, delivered a lecture in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Rhosymedre, on Where I have been and what I have The chair was ably occupied by Mr. George Garside, manager of the Plaskynaston Colliery. The attendance was good.
The adjourned inquest on the body of John Lloyd, aged 59, was held on Tuesday, before Mr. Thelwall, coroner. Evidence went to prove that deceased had met with his death by accident at Wynnstay Colliery. He was cleaning up a “pass by” on the main level in the yard coal seam at the said colliery, when a horse boy named Joseph Garratt brought in a pair of empty tubs. The deceased was in the act of uncoupling the last tub from the empty train (which he required for “filling in” the dirt he was removing) when the horse made a sudden start, entangling him in the reins, and the last tub rail over him. This happened on the 1st day of March 1879 and deceased died on the 19th of May.
The assistant Government Inspector (Mr. Hedley), and Mr. R. Darlington, the colliery manager, were present. The manager produced the plans of the colliery. After the inquiry, the Jury returned a verdict of Accidental death.”
Source: Wrexham Guardian 3rd May 1879.