A Tredegar House love story; the tale of William and Lily Ann

Servants ball

To celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day, we're looking back at the love stories from Tredegar House's past. Whilst the Morgan’s lives are more well known, we know that the stories of those who worked below stairs are just as interesting as those who lived above. From lavish parties to sporting matches, there were plenty of opportunities for love to blossom at Tredegar House…

This was the case for local girl, Lily Ann Clark. Thanks to the generosity of Godfrey Morgan, Lily Ann’s family were able to live on the Morgan's estate. Having grown up nearby, Lily was the first of the locals to become a maid at the mansion house. Her duties included cleaning grates, lighting fires, making beds and dusting, and she even had to take the other servants their breakfast as she was the lowest ranking of the housemaids.

A Tredegar House dance card
Dance card
A Tredegar House dance card

However, working in the mansion house certainly had its perks, as she got to attend Servant’s balls and even went to some of Lord Tredegar’s sporting events. It was here that she met William, an army officer.

 

William had run away from home to join the army at a young age. Having been injured while serving in France in the First World War, he came to Wales in search of a quieter life. Whilst attending one of the cricket matches hosted by Courtenay Morgan, he was introduced by a friend to Lily Ann. It seems to have been love at first sight, as the couple continued their courtship, often meeting at the house dances. They never looked back, and were married on the 5th January 1921.

Tredegar House cricket team
Tredegar House cricket team
Tredegar House cricket team

Although Lily stopped working in the house, the couple continued to live on the estate where they had a smallholding and William continued to participate in Lord Tredegar’s events including the popular estate hunts.

 

Nearly 100 years since Lily Ann and William walked the halls, the love stories of Tredegar have continued, with the house being used as an idyllic setting for romantic wedding days.

 

If you have a Tredegar House love story, we'd love to hear from you! Please send your stories to tredegar@nationaltrust.org.uk or message us on facebook.