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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
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)
Traditional County: Brecknockshire
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:
ROBERT THOMPSON CRAWSHAY
DIED MAY 10TH 1879
AGED 62 YEARS
GOD FORGIVE ME
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.
Included as a monument of unusual scale and uniquely inscribed to a major figure of Welsh industrial history.
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