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  1. Graveyard Tale is far too dismissive of mine owner Robert Thompson Crawshay. Tour leaders just LOVE to spin the yarn about him being cruel to his employees, hence the grave inscription “God Forgive Me.” And it seems you’ve bought into that account. All I can say is do your own research. Here the Wikipedia link to get you started:
    Start there, and also read about his brother Francis Crawshay, a real eye-opener. Here’s the story on Francis:
    And then please amend your post.

    • So it wasn’t true about the Crawshay Family virtually raping the countryside, living in a 365-roomed Castle at Cyfarthfa while the ironworkers of Merthyr, and Dowlais under the Guests, lived with poverty, cholera, poor sanitation, Truck Shops etc etc.

      Where I grew up, ‘Dantes Inferno’ as Merthyr Tydfil was known, was well known for the acts of kindness shown by the Ironmasters.

      How many died during those times exactly?

      How many were blinded and made limbless by the furnaces?

      How many children starved in the district known as China?

      I grew up in the South Wales valleys and when I was a child, the Merthyr Landscape resembled the surface of the moon, desolate and lifeless.

      I could write thousands of words about the Crawshays at Merthyr, The Guests at Dowlais and the Baileys at Pontypridd, but I guess Wikipedia would have a much more sanitised and acceptable version to quote from.

      Robert Thompson Crawshay, although he did own some mines, was better known for being the last of the Crawshay Dynasty of ‘Ironmasters’ BTW…

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