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Fanny Talbot


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Fanny Talbot

Mrs. Fanny Talbot moved to Barmouth with her husband in the early 1860s and following her husbands death had devoted herself to philanthropic work to the lasting benefit of Barmouth's residents. Mrs. Talbot donated a number of cottages on what was known locally as 'The Rock' (of Gibraltor) to the Guild. She also donated her time and money (400 pounds) towards the establishment of the Barmouth library. 

Dinas Oleu, the first property given to the National Trust after its foundation in 1895 was donated by Fanny Talbot of Ty'n y Ffynnon, Barmouth. Dinas Oleu is a four and a half acre stretch of rugged hillside, to which a further 13 has since been added.

The gift expressed her belief in the National Trust's ideals. Octavia Hill and Canon Rawnsley were two of its co-founders. Both were friends of Fanny Talbot.

She said of her donation:

"I have long wanted to secure for the public for ever the enjoyment of Dinas Oleu, but wish to put it into the custody of some society that will never vulgarize it or prevent wild nature from having its way. I have no objection to grassy paths or stone seats in proper places. . . . and it appears to me that your association has been a born in the nick of time."

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