The Crawshays

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Cyfarthfa Ironworks, owned by the Crawshay family was the largest in the world. They retained ownership until 1902 and during the century, the Crawshays dominated Merthyr Tydfil and industrial south Wales.
Francis Crawshay (1811-78) was the second son of the ironmaster William Crawshay II, of Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil. In the early 1830s, Francis was put in charge of Hirwaun Ironworks, which his father had acquired in 1819, and a new tinplate...
Richard Crawshay (1739-1810), was the owner of the Cyfarthfa ironworks, Merthyr Tydfil. This letter book includes a letter from Crawshay to Count de Reden.
These medals were won by Sir William Crawshay DSO ERD TD, during the Second World War. Crawshay served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers during the war. He joined the Special Operations Executive and led the Jedburgh Operations in France, 1944. He led...
The 900 year old church in Brecon was once the centrepiece of a Benedictine priory, and became a parish church at the Dissolution. Long known as the Priory church of St John the Evangelist, or simply the Priory church, it was elevated to cathedral status...
The 900 year old church in Brecon was once the centrepiece of a Benedictine priory, and became a parish church at the Dissolution. Long known as the Priory church of St John the Evangelist, or simply the Priory church, it was elevated to cathedral status...
Rose Harriette was the eldest daughter of Robert Thompson Crawshay, the Merthyr Tydfil ironmaster. She was her father's favourite subject for photographs and was often required as a model, washer, cutter and paster of prints. She hated assisting with...
A photograph of William Thompson Crawshay (eldest son of Robert Thompson Crawshay) and a friend, taken around 1870 when William was twenty-three.
A view of Robert's youngest daughter 'Pops' in around 1871 when she was twenty years old.
A view of Robert's youngest daughter 'Pops' in around 1871 when she was twenty years old.
Mr Sutherland, a family friend, is pictured with an unknown gentleman and Robert's youngest son Richard 'Tids' Frederick Thompson Crawshay when he was eleven years old.
Robert Thompson Crawshay's photographic hobby occupied him from the late 1860s, and he has left a rich legacy of images of his family and their leisure pursuits.
Left to right: Robert Thompson Crawshay, Mrs Sutherland, Rose Hariette Thompson Crawshay, Mr Sutherland, Miss Lestirel.
Photograph taken by Robert Thompson Crawshay of the wedding of Henrietta Louise Crawshay to Captain 'Cookie' Ralston.
These samples of the Crawshay Bros. products formed part of the 'Goat Mill' Arch, an elaborate homage to the abilities of the steelworkers in the area. It was erected for the visit of King George V to Dowlais on 27th June 1912.
Robert Thompson Crawshay's Cyfarthfa band was formed in 1838 and consisted of 80 players. Highlights in its 90 year career include victories in competitions at Crystal Palace in 1860, and the National Eisteddfod in 1881.
A portrait of Rose Mary Crawshay taken by her husband Robert Crawshay, of the Cyfartha ironworks dynasty, in the 1870s. Rose took a great deal of interest in many aspects of contemporary culture, and guests at Cyfartha Castle included Robert Browning,...
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