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Coordinates: 51°33′41.66″N 3°1′41.31″W / 51.5615722°N 3.0281417°W / 51.5615722; -3.0281417
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.
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 using the titles of Lord or Lady, descending from the Morgan line, are said to be still living in Cardiff, in Gloucester/Cheltenham and in Dorset. Other descendants who have kept the Morgan name may be easier to track.
After 1951 the house was bought by the Catholic Church as a convent school with boarders, later St. Joseph's Roman Catholic comprehensive school. It was bought by the Newport Corporation Council in 1974, giving rise to its present status as "the grandest council house in Britain".
Newport City Council provides guided tours which cover of most of the house, many major rooms and the vast kitchens, and include details of its long history and the personalities involved.
There is an annual Tredegar House vintage car rally in the grounds to raise funds for Leukaemia Research. The first rally was held in October 1980 and raised £635. In 2007 the event raised nearly £45,000 bringing the total amount raised by the Rally since 1979 to nearly £576,000.
Other events happen throughout the year, including childrens fun days, period dance workshops, Easter, Pirates Day, Halloween and Christmas. There are also special tours held in addition to the normal house tours, including ones on the servants.
Thousands of children visit the house with schools for one of three workshops - 'The Stuarts', 'The Victorians' and 'Houses and Homes'.
The House is approved for marriages and civil ceremonies, and is used by Newport City Council for Mayoral Functions. The Morgan Room, The Orangery and the Servants hall are all hired out for private functions.
The House is a popular location for filming. Being Human and The Hairy Bikers have both been flimed there recently. Many episodes of Doctor Who, since the programme was revived in 2005, have used Tredegar House for location filming, including the 2008 Christmas special "The Next Doctor" and the 2009/2010 Christmas/New Year special The End of Time.