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Gravestone of Robert Thompson Crawshay and surrounding railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Vaynor, Merthyr Tydfil

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Latitude: 51.7833 / 51°46'59"N

Longitude: -3.3797 / 3°22'46"W

OS Eastings: 304922

OS Northings: 210300

OS Grid: SO049103

Mapcode National: GBR YP.YY0D

Mapcode Global: VH6CR.CFNT

Entry Name: Gravestone of Robert Thompson Crawshay and surrounding railings

Listing Date: 16 June 2003

Last Amended: 16 June 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 81188

Location: In the churchyard of the Church of St Gwynno, Vaynor, just E of the church.

County: Merthyr Tydfil

Town: Merthyr Tydfil

Community: Vaynor (Y Faenor)

Community: Vaynor

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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Graveslab of the ironmaster Robert Thompson Crawshay, died 1879. The Crawshay family ironworks at Cyfartha were the largest in the world by 1803, and Cyfartha Castle was built for William Crawshay II in 1824-5. R.T. Crawshay succeeded to the business, and ran it autocratically, supposedly the reason for the stark inscription.


Graveslab a single pink conglomerate stone slab of some 1.8m by 3m said to weigh some 30 tons. In raised bronze letters is written:
DIED MAY 10TH 1879
Surrounding pink conglomerate stone coping carrying fine cast-iron railings with top and bottom horizontal rail, square section uprights with spearheads and cast-iron columns at corners with urns on short round pedestals.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a monument of unusual scale and uniquely inscribed to a major figure of Welsh industrial history.

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