MAIL COACH PILLAR, Llandovery, Wales. (See comments box for story).

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Roy Pledger on January 22, 2012

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.

Roy Pledger on January 22, 2012

I have been unable to place the precise location on the map.

Montage Poster on November 11, 2012

Found it for you, just around the corner!

Roy Pledger on November 11, 2012

Thank you.

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