History of Tŷ Crawshay

Tŷ Crawshay building was the home of Francis Crawshay (1811-78), the second son of the ironmaster William Crawshay II, of Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil the industrialist whose tin works were located on the site of the University’s Treforest Campus. Tŷ Crawshay building was at that time called Forest Lodge and a circle of standing stones stood on the lawn in front. Francis Crawshay was an employer and friend of Dr William Price whose actions were instrumental in establishing cremation as a recognised way of dealing with the human body after death.