A Tredegar House love story

Servants ball

You may have heard many stories about Tredegar House, whether it’s Sir Charles Morgan and the Newport Rising, or Evan Morgan’s extravagant parties – but you may not have heard many stories about the people who worked for them. Behind the scenes, the Morgan family’s servants worked hard to care for the estate and cater to the family’s needs throughout the years. While less is known about the servants of Tredegar, glimpses of their lives do appear in the depths of our archive collection, including this little love story…

Lily-Ann Clark was a maid at Tredegar House. Thanks to the generosity of Godfrey Morgan, Lily Ann’s family were able to live on the Morgan's estate, which led to her being one of the first locals to become a maid in 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. 

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.

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

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. The couple continued their courtship, often meeting at the house dances and were married on the 5th January 1921.

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

Although Lily eventually stopped working in the house, the couple moved into a smallholding on the estate and William continued to attend the Morgan’s family’s social events.

Tredegar House may have changed quite a bit in the past one hundred years, but the love stories continue. Whether it’s used for a first date, a proposal or for wedding pictures, it’s nice to know that lovers still meet here and will continue to do so for years to come. 

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.