Lady Cecil - Mother of Nature and Nurture

Landscape painting of Dinefwr Park and Newton House

This year at Dinefwr we are celebrating the life of Lady Cecil Rice, 2nd Baroness Dinefwr, one of the most influential women to ever have lived on the Dinefwr Estate.

Lady Cecil was the only child of the fabulously wealthy William Talbot of Hensol in Glamorganshire.  


She married George Rice, MP for Carmarthen, in 1756 and together, they transformed the Dinefwr Landscape into what we know and love today.  
Splendidly well connected, Cecil and George spent much of their time in London where they were influenced by new ideas of philosophy and culture, especially the view that nature could be art.


We will be delving into our archives to uncover previously untold stories about Cecil, and for the first time in over a century, we will welcome her portrait back to Newton House.

A copy of Lady Cecil's will

Research Blog: Volunteer archivist

Our volunteer archivist, Caroline, has been on the research trail to try and uncover more stories about Dinefwr's mother of nature.

Visit From the 27th July – 30th September to experience Dinefwr from Cecil’s Point of View