Britannia Bridge Memorial
Cadw report: 'A limestone columnary memorial tombstone comprised of an obelisk set upon an octagonal plinth. Plinth has recessed panels in lower stage with slate inscription tablets set into N, S, E and W panels. Moulded cornice with lombard frieze above. Upper stage is comprised of a smaller, shorter octagonal plinth with carved panels bearing diagonal cross designs, on which is set an obelisk.'
Erected after completion of Britannia Bridge in 1850 to commemorate the men who lost their lives during construction. Memorial also bears the names of others lost their lives on the bridge including men working on the reconstruction following a fire in 1970. The churchyard and memorial are within sight of the bridge.
Incised on north-facing slate panel: SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF MEN WHO DIED / FROM INJURIES RECEIVED DURING THE ERECTION / OF THE BRITANNIA BRIDGE. / WILLIAM BLAYLOC DECEMBER 1847. / WILLIAM JONES 1848. / OWEN PARRY AUGUST 1849. / JOHN THOMPSON NOVEMBER 1849. / JOHN WILLIAMS NOVEMBER 1849. / WILLIAM LEWIS MARCH 1850. / DAVID HUGHES OCTOBER 1850. / AND OF / GRAHAM PARRY FEBRUARY 1972. / WILLIAM OWEN FEBRUARY 1973. / DIED IN THE RECONSTRUCTION / OF THE BRIDGE.
Incised on south-facing slate panel: IN MEMORY / OF / EMMA YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF JAMES GREAVES / OF LAKE LOCK / NEAR WAKEFIELD YORKSHIRE. / SHE DIED AT BRITANNIA BRIDGE. / ON THE 16TH DAY OF DECEMBER 1849. / IN THE 5TH YEAR OF HER AGE.
Incised on west-facing slate panel:
SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF MEN WHO DIED / FROM INJURIES RECEIVED DURING THE ERECTION / OF THE BRITANNIA BRIDGE. / GEORGE MOORE DECEMBER 1846. / ROBERT PARRY NOVEMBER 1847. / SAMUEL DAVIES DECEMBER 1847. / RICHARD EDWARDS FEBRUARY 1848. / WILLIAM HOWARD BOY MARCH 1848. / GEORGE HUGHES MARCH 1848. / HENRY JONES JULY 1848. / JOHN WILLIAMS JUNE 1849.
Incised on east-facing slate panel: SACRED TO THE MEMORY / OF / WILLIAM BROOK OF DEWSBURY YORKSHIRE. / WHO DIED OF TYPHUS FEVER / ON THE 11TH OF OCTOBER 1847 / IN THE 27TH YEAR OF HIS AGE. / HE WAS PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT / TO MESSRS NOWELL HEMINGWAYS & PEARSON / THE CONTRACTORS FOR THE MASONRY / OF THE BRITANNIA BRIDGE. / HE WAS UNIVERSALLY RESPECTED & REGRETED / NOT ONLY BY HIS EMPLOYERS / BUT BY THE LARGE BODY OF WORKMEN / ENGAGED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BRIDGE / AND WHO ERECTED THIS MONUMENT TO HIS MEMORY / BY VOLUNTARY SUBSCRIPTION / SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF ISAAC GARFORTH / OF MIRFIELD YORKSHIRE. BRICKMAKER. / WHO DIED ON THE 18TH DAY OF MARCH 1850 / IN THE 62ND YEAR OF HIS AGE.
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