The House from a 1908 postcard
Earlier Houses: An earlier stone manor house of the Morgans was destroyed to make way for the current House.
Built / Designed For: Sir William Morgan
House & Family History: The earliest record of a Morgan living at Tredegar is 1402, when there was a Llewellyn Ap Morgan making his home at Tredegar. The Morgan family built a substantial stone manor house shortly after the succession of a Welshman, Henry Tudor, to the throne of England, as Henry VII. The Morgans had been great supporters of Henry and were rewarded with lands and titles, which they used to extend their wealth. The family lived quietly in this stone manor until the 1660s. In a great honor, Charles I visited Tredegar in 1645. During the late 17th century William Morgan (died 1680) decided to rebuild the House on a very grand scale. The new house he built was of red brick, which was a rare building material in South Wales, but a style favored in England. The Morgan family lived in the red brick Restoration mansion until 1951. Subsequently, after serving 23 years as a school, the House, together with 90 acres of parkland, was purchased by Newport Borough Council. In 1976 a major program of restoration began, which continues to this day. In 2012 the council let Tredegar to the National Trust on a 50-year lease. In 2020 the National Trust announced that, because of two thefts in the 21st century of lead off the roof of the historic house, a new roof would be installed in a non-metallic material that looks like lead.
Comments: Tredegar House is considered the finest Restoration house in Wales and one of the most significant late 17th century buildings in Britain.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 152, 1854.
Country Life: XXIV, 792, 838, 1908. CLXIV, 994, 1978.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat of: Charles Morgan Robinson Morgan, 1st Baron Tredegar, 19th century; Evan Frederic Morgan, 2nd Viscount Tredegar, 20th century; Morgan family here from the 15th century until 1951.
Current Ownership Type: Government
Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction
Ownership Details: Owned by Newport Borough Council, who, in 2012, leased the House and 90 acres of grounds to the National Trust for 50 years.