Fron Yw, Dolgellau

Fron Yw, Dolgellau

Fron Yw, David Thomas's last home, is a small terrace house in Meyrick Square (Y Domen Fawr) at the bottom end of South Street (Maes Y Pandy). South Street is a steep rise from Meyrick Square up to Bryn Mawr, the house that at one time was the focus of the Society of Friends (the Quakers) movement in Dolgellau and after which the Bryn Mawr College for women in Pennsylvania U.S. takes its name.

Following David's death in 1855 aged 76, his brother Rees Thomas and his wife Elizabeth moved from Tan'r Ewan in Talyllyn to Fron Yw. It was there, on 20th December 1857, that Elizabeth died aged 60. She was buried at Talyllyn on the Christmas Eve. Rees Thomas continued to live in Fron Yw with two of his unmarried daughters Catherine and Mary. In censuses, Catherine is described as a housekeeper and Mary variously as housekeeper and cook. So it would appear that Rees Thomas was well looked after in the evening of his life.

Rees Thomas b1793