Introducing Tredegar

The north-west front of Tredegar House. ©NTPL/Chris Lacey

It has just been annouced that the National Trust has signed an agreement with Newport City Council to manage Tredegar House and 90 acres of gardens and park on a 50-year lease.

The wrought iron gates and screen between the Middle Court and the Stable Court. made by William and Simon Edney between 1714 and 1718.

Newport Council and the Friends of Tredegar House have cared for this remarkable country house since 1974 and the National Trust plans to build on that excelent work. Although many of the contents were sold earlier in the twentieth century, some items were bought back with the help of the Art Fund and the V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

The door in the north-west front, dating from the nineteenth century but modelled on a seventeenth-century original. ©NTPL/Andrew Butler

Tredegar House was the seat of the Morgan family, later Lords Tredegar. The first record of a Morgan associated with the site is dated 1402, when Llewellyn ap Morgan’s estates were confiscated as punishment for supporting Owain Glyndwr’s rebellion.

The Orangery, built in the early 1700s. ©NTPL/Andrew Butler

But the Morgans bounced back and subsequently became a wealthy gentry family. Between 1664 and 1672 parts of the house were completely rebuilt for Thomas Morgan and his son William.

Detail of the entrance to the stables. ©NTPL/Andrew Butler

Although the building has the hallmarks of fashionable Restoration architecture it is not known who designed it – it may have been a talented but otherwise unkown master mason or carpenter.

The Cedar Garden. The stone obelisk was erected to the memory of Sir Briggs, the horse that carried Godfrey Morgan at the charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War in 1854. ©NTPL/Andrew Butler

I hope soon to be able to do another post with more about the interiors at Tredegar.

13 Responses to “Introducing Tredegar”

  1. Mark D. Ruffner Says:

    A very handsome house! I am curious to know what tops those lower story windows — are they hereldic beasts? At first glance, they look like ribbon bows, but delightful though that would be, I know it must be otherwise.

  2. Rosemary Says:

    Great news. Do you know if the NT will be opening it for viewing in 2012?

  3. columnist Says:

    It’s almost French, but perhaps that’s a trademark of the Restoration. The orangery adds to this perceived style. Wonderfully unusual.

  4. Steff Ellis Says:

    The beasts above the ground floor windows are lions and griffins. Each pair hold a shield bearing a quartering from the family coat of arms. These are probably Nineteenth Century additions.

  5. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Mark, Steff has given you the answer in her comment slightly lower down – she works at Tredegar, and if you click on her name it will take you to her own blog about the house and about what is happening there. Steff, thank you very much for chipping in :)

    Rosemary, thank you. The house normally opens at Easter, and from 2012 that will be under the management of the National Trust. Our website should have more details about opening arrangements nearer the time.

    Columnist, yes it does have something French about it, doesn’t it, or perhaps even Dutch (the red-brick-baroque look)? It reminds me of Beningbrough Hall, or a slightly smaller version of Petworth House.

  6. columnist Says:

    Yes, almost Dutch too; perhaps they knew what was coming?

  7. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Yes I read somewhere that because Charles II spent a lot of time in the Low Countries during his exile, he brought a bit of Netherlandish style with him on his return – but I cannot remember where I read that or how authoritative it is!

  8. Steff Ellis Says:

    Some Dutch influences are reflected in the interiors too. Especially the painted panels in the Gilt Room. There are French influences also – again made popular thanks to the time Charles II spent there as well.

    By the way, on a personal note, this ‘Steff’ is short for ‘Steffan’ – a Welsh form of Stephen. I am a ‘he’ not a ‘she’! :-)

  9. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Steff, my apologies, silly of me to assume. People often misread my name as ‘Emilie’, so I know what it’s like :)

    Thanks for your comments about the stylistic influences. I will try to show some images of the Gilt Room and some of the other amazing rooms at Tredegar soon.

  10. HRH The Duchess of State Says:

    The gates dahhling are exquisite! I can not wait to see more on this beautiful building!

  11. visitinghousesandgardens Says:

    oooh, I had already planned to visit here next year on a trip around Wales so will be interested to here more in advance.

  12. deana Says:

    What a charming house… can’t wait to peek inside!!

  13. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    HRH, Visiting, Deana, thank you – I hope to do a post about the fabulous baroque interiors this week.

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