Tredegar House

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Tredegar House in Newport, set in the 90 acre (360,000 m²) Tredegar Park, is one of the best examples of a 17th century Charles II country house mansion in the United Kingdom.

History of the Building

The earliest surviving part of the building dates back to the late 15th century. The home was originally built of stone and was very grand indeed, grand enough for Charles I to visit. Between 1664 and 1672, however, William Morgan decided to rebuild the house on a larger scale from red brick, at that time a rare building material in Wales. The name of Inigo Jones has been linked with the building - but this is wishful thinking, and it seems we will never know who the architect was. In his 1882 publication, local historian Octavius Morgan provides a plan of an intricate garden maze which was in place prior to the 1660s improvements and which probably dated from the time of Queen Elizabeth I.

Ownership

For over five hundred years, it was home to one of the greatest of Welsh families, the Morgans (the same family as Captain Morgan) - later the Lords Tredegar - until they left in 1951. The Morgan family has since spread far and wide with some descendants changing their names through marriage or for reasons of anonymity. Families still...
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