Tredegar House & Gardens, Newport (Ryder Cup Host City 2010). Set in a beautiful 90 acre park, Tredegar House is one of the best examples of a 17th century Charles II mansion in Britain.
The earliest surviving part of the building dates back to the early 1500’s. 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 home to St. Joseph’s R.C. School until 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 of most of the house, covering many major rooms, the vast kitchens, its long history and the personalities involved.