A memorial pillar, erected in 1841, to be seen in a lay by on the A40 some 3 miles east of Llandovery in Wales recalls an accident involving a mail coach in 1835. The inscription reads :
This pillar is called Mail coach pillar erected as a caution to mail
coach drivers to keep from intoxication and in memory of the
Gloucester & Carmarthen mail coach which was driven by
EDWARD JENKINS on the 19 day of December in the year
1835 who was intoxicated at the time & drove the mail on the
wrong side of the road & going at full speed or gallop met a
cart & permitted the leader to turn short round to the right hand
& went down over the precipice 121 feet where at the bottom near
the river it came against an ash tree when the coach was dashed
into several pieces.
The inscription goes on the name the passengers on the coach but does not say what became of them and the driver. This memorial is somewhat damaged and in poor condition.
I have been unable to place the precise location on the map.
Found it for you, just around the corner!
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Photo taken in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire SA20, UK
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