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William Thompson Crawshay

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William Thompson Crawshay (1847–1918)

1879 On the death of his father, Robert Thompson Crawshay, William succeeded to the management of the extensive coalfields, and inherited his father's estate at Caversham in Berkshire and estate valued at under £1,200,000, and joint control of the business with his two brothers.

1879 Operating under the title Crawshay Brothers they reopened the Cyfarthfa Ironworks in October and proceeded to effect a changeover to steel production at Cyfarthfa. This move, however, did not prove to be an unqualified success and was insufficient to secure long-term survival of the works.

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