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Tredegar House

by Gary Reading, Aug 2018

A place shaped by the local community, Tredegar House and its surrounding gardens and parkland stand proudly at the heart of Newport’s heritage.

Tredegar House is one of the architectural wonders of Wales and one of the most significant late 17th-century houses in the whole of the British Isles.

Situated within 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland, this delightful red brick house provides an ideal setting for a fantastic day out.

For more than 500 years the house was home to one of the greatest Welsh families, the Morgans, later Lords Tredegar. The Morgan family owned more than 40,000 acres in Monmouthshire, Breconshire and Glamorgan at the end of the 18th century. Their lives impacted on the population of south-east Wales socially, economically and politically and influenced the heritage of the area.

Home to the immensely influential Morgan family, later Lords Tredegar, Tredegar is one of the most significant Restoration houses in Britain. The original stone house dates to the late 15th century. Between 1664 and 1672, William Morgan substantially rebuilt and enlarged it, creating a red brick house in the Carolean style. The architect is unidentified. In the 19th century alterations were carried out to replace the shallow, hipped roof with a steeply pitched roof with cupola and balustrade. Inside, the rooms feature fine oak panelling with exceptional carving and ornate plasterwork, moulding and gilding throughout. The Gilt room retains the only surviving 17th-century plaster ceiling; it features a central wreath of vines and flowers and a scrolled acanthus frieze and mask in the manner of Inigo Jones.

Tredegar House, Pencarn Way, Newport, NP10 8YW