1897 in Wales
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|1897 in Wales|
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|Other events of 1897|
- Prince of Wales — The Prince Albert Edward, son of Queen Victoria
- Princess of Wales — Alexandra of Denmark
- Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod of Wales — Hwfa Môn
- 9 April — The Snowdon Mountain Railway resumes operation, a year after a fatal accident on its maiden run.
- 13 May — Guglielmo Marconi sends the first ever wireless communication over water, from Lavernock Point to Flat Holm.
- 20 June — Celebration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee is muted in Nonconformist parts of Wales, as the date falls on a Sunday.
- November — Four Customs officers are rescued from the River Usk, near Newport's Alexandra Dock pier-head after their boat capsizes.
- Completion of the first Jubilee Bridge (Queensferry) across the River Dee.
- Opening of the Tal-y-cafn Bridge across the River Conwy.
- Opening of the Grand Theatre, Swansea.
- Construction of Pierhead Building as offices for Cardiff Docks.
- Weaver's Mill, Swansea, becomes the first building in the UK to be constructed from reinforced concrete, by L. G. Mouchel of Briton Ferry.
- Merthyr Tydfil is refused a town charter; it is eventually granted one in 1905.
- Opening of the Canterbury Building at St David's College, Lampeter (demolished in 1971).
- Edgeworth David leads the Royal Society's expedition to the coral atoll of Funafuti.
- Opening of Llanfyllin County School. Politician Clement Davies is one of the first pupils.
- Sir Owen Morgan Edwards founds the periodical Heddyw.
- The Plynlimon and Hafan Tramway opens
Arts and literature
- Caniadau Cymru (anthology)
- John Cadvan Davies — Caneuon Cadvan
- Alfred Neobard Palmer — Owen Tanat
- Ellis Pierce — Teulu'r Gilfach
- Owen Rhoscomyl — The White Rose of Arno
- John William Willis-Bund — The Celtic Church of Wales
- Walford Davies — Overture in D minor
- Llyfr Hymnau a Thonau y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd (collection of hymns)
- Arthur Cheetham begins making films in Wales.
- Rugby Union — Due to an argument with the International Football Rugby Board the Welsh Rugby Union withdraws from the organisation and Wales do not play international rugby for 12 months.
- Swimming — The Welsh Amateur Swimming Association is founded. The first Welsh championships take place, with events for men only.
- 3 April — Frank Evans, dual-code international rugby player (died 1972)
- 5 April — Ness Edwards, politician (died 1968)
- 21 April — Albert Stock, Wales international rugby player (died 1969)
- 22 June — Kathleen Freeman, classical scholar (died 1959)
- 21 August — Victor Nash-Williams, archaeologist (died 1955)
- 28 September — Harry Beadles, Wales international footballer (died 1958)
- 15 November — Aneurin Bevan, politician (died 1960)
- 31 December — Rhys Williams, politician (died 1969)
- 14 January — William Basil Jones, Bishop of St David's, 75
- 3 February — David Pugh Evans, songwriter, 31
- 1 April — William Gwynn, Rugby union international
- 12 May — Thomas Llewellyn Thomas, linguist, 56
- 6 September — Thomas Rees Morgan, engineer, 63
- 8 September — James Milo Griffith, sculptor, 54
- 16 September — Edward Edwards (Pencerdd Ceredigion), musician, 83
- 20 September — Hugh Morris, footballer, 25
- 15 October — Charles John Vaughan, former Dean of Llandaff, 81
- 2 December — Thomas Lewis, politician, 76
- 4 December — Griffith Rhys Jones ("Caradog"), choral conductor, 62
- date unknown — Arthur James Herbert, Quartermaster-General